Alcohol

Who was the first suicide bomber?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The first suicide bomber Boris Johnson was criticised for likening Theresa May’s Chequers deal to a ‘suicide vest’ around the…

Dr Toby’s booze advice: the better the wine, the less bad it is for you

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I don’t hold out much hope for Drink Free Days, a new campaign launched by Public Health England and the…

The drinkers of the Coach and Horses in Michael Heath’s ‘The Regulars’ cartoon strip. Christopher Howse sits at the right end of the bar

Remembering Soho: A conversation on debauchery, drunks and Francis Bacon

1 September 2018 9:00 am

A conversation on debauchery, drinking and death

Who knew that Arabic has more than 30 words for wine?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

You know you’re in good hands when the dedication reads: ‘To the writers, drinkers and freethinkers of the Arab and…

My Burns Night haircut

3 February 2018 9:00 am

At three o’clock I took half a bottle of Glenmorangie with me to Jimmy’s. That it was Burns Night, and…

Did a vodka ban precipitate the Russian Revolution?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s one of the more mysterious features of human history that people of every era and in almost every place…

Jeremy Clark: Was this a cruise ship — or Colditz?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

We ascended the gangplank and were smartly directed to the ship’s library, where the seated purser swiped my debit card…

I love Advent – it’s the gentle waltz to Christmas excess

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Advent is the gentle waltz into Christmas excess

Which European nation has the most pregnant mothers who drink alcohol?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Selfie-worth The animal rights charity Peta dropped a case claiming that a macaque which took its own photo was entitled…

Dutch courage: how a peach brandy with Rupert Murdoch sent my career into orbit

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The liqueur that sent my career into orbit

David Sedaris — doyen of deadpan drollery

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The bestselling humourist and New Yorker essayist David Sedaris is renowned for an almost hypnotic deadpan drollery and maybe especially…

What is the correct accent for a Spectator writer?

27 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Jeremy, I want you to sit here next to me — unless you’re frightened of me?’ We were briefly introduced…

Moods on many levels: Six Storeys on Soho is all about the atmosphere

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Six Storeys on Soho is in a slender grey townhouse on Soho Square: a bar, restaurant and club. It is…

How dare they ban our life-enhancing lunchtime drinks?

25 March 2017 9:00 am

How dare they ban our life-enhancing lunchtime drinks?

My love affair with single malt whisky

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Mark Palmer on his late-blooming love affair with single malt whisky

She should have stuck to the vodka

A hangover survival guide

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Although drinking excessive levels of alcohol is up there with Olympic cycling and democracy as things the British excel at,…

A toast to centuries of champagne colonialism

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Cometh the hour, cometh the book, and so Christmas brings us once again a tidal wave of titles relating to…

Dutch courage: at 19, heavy drinking was the only one way I could prepare for University Challenge

11 June 2016 9:00 am

For Sebastian Faulks, there was only one way to prepare for University Challenge: drink heavily

Oxford is full of overindulged whiners. It wasn’t like that in my day

23 April 2016 9:00 am

I was in the attic killing some Taleban on Medal of Honor when Girl interrupted and said: ‘Dad, what’s this?’…

Confessions of a Saga lout

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Baby boomers like me aren’t giving up irresponsible hedonism as we age. We’re just getting worse at it

School drinking is the best drinking of all

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Head teachers may try to control it, but for Ed Cumming alcohol was the most fun between the ages of 13 and 18

The poetic power of Patrick Hamilton's pubs

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Nice airport was more or less deserted. Two-and-a-half hours early for the easyJet flight to Gatwick, I had a leisurely…

No second EU referendum? Tell that to the Danes and the Irish

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Vote no, vote often David Cameron scorned Boris Johnson’s idea that voting to leave the EU might result in further…

The sober truth about the over-50s and drinking

20 February 2016 9:00 am

With new alcohol guidelines just announced, Pennie Taylor looks at the least publicised area of concern: drinking among the over 50s

Mark Twain was right: it is our redeeming petty vices that make life worth living

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Here I go again. I have stopped smoking. Until recently I had been smoking about 40 cigarettes a day, but…