Alec Marsh

In defence of booze

The war on drinking has gone too far

  • From Spectator Life
A Prohibition America anti-alcohol poster, circa 1920 [Alamy]

Once upon a time, well within living memory, a free-born Britisher could drink as much as he or she liked and smoke with a carefree abandon – all within working hours, and even without leaving their desk. You may remember elevenses – immortalised in those moments when M briefs Bond in the 007 films and the decanter comes out.

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