Beer Then Wine, We’ll Be Fine

“I have taken more out of alcohol that alcohol has taken out of me“, declared Winston Churchill.

The national saviour and veteran tosspot was right not just for himself, but for his nation.

Because it turns out that here in the UK, drinkers pay for quite a bit of what we need doing.

But how much?

When we on the Right lazily claim that welfare recipients spend their dole money on “beer and fags”, the Left insists that this is a myth – that dole money is barely enough to live on, and there is precious little left over for recreationals.…

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Who Knew? Legal Cannabis Increases Sales Of Candies And Chips

In what is surely the most surprising finding of all time it has become apparent that the munchies are a real thing. For when cannabis – for purely recreational purposes – is made legal in a US state then sales of candies and chips rise more there than in other, non-legalising, states.

This is just one of those things that we all find incredibly surprising, isn’t it?

Munchies

Of course, this means that we’re going to have to ban cannabis again.…

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New Bad Science! Caffeine Doesn’t Stop You Sleeping

So, we’ve new and exciting research that shows that having caffeine doesn’t stop you sleeping:

Caffeine is known to be a powerful stimulant which perks up drinkers, increases alertness and promotes wakefulness. Yet a surprising new study has found that drinking tea or coffee within four hours of bedtime does not actually impact sleep at all. US researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Harvard Medical School monitored 785 people for a total of 5,164 days and nights, recording how much caffeine, alcohol and nicotine they consumed.

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Unhealthy Consequences

We here at Continental Telegraph often opine on matters economic and political for your delight. You know that wonderful interface between the ways we do stuff normally and the ways our political masters think that things should be done. Tim’s particularly fond of this. On our side, we prefer just to be a bit of a sarky economist and tusk-tusk mildly when policy makers come up against one of the things that Tim likes to point out: unintended consequences.…

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ASI: MP’s Could Save One Million Years of Life Through Vaping

“Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the United Kingdom. It causes the overwhelming majority of lung cancers, increases the risk of developing various heart problems, and contributes to many other fatal or potentially fatal health conditions.1 In England alone, recent estimates show that almost 80,000 lives”

Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used and accepted in society, says a report by MPs.

Vaping is much less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available on prescription to help more people quit smoking, it said.

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£350m a Week For NHS. We’re Out!

Those who like to look behind the headlines to spot the implicit stories that accompany them are not all conspiracy theorists. Some point out things that follow logically from the initial story.

Today, for example, a massive pre-birthday present is announced for the NHS, at 70 now approaching what some think should be its retirement age. Arguments can rage, but probably won’t, about whether we should be doing a major restructuring, even a privatization, rather than committing ourselves to pouring ever more cash down its insatiable maw.

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