What's your poison? A special report on alcohol in the media

Behind the Headlines

Wednesday October 19 2011

What's your poison?

Is Britain beset by binge boozers? Will wine help you lose weight? Could six cans of lager help you live longer? The media pose questions like these on an almost daily basis, often using and abusing the findings of medical research to back up their headlines.

In this special report, Behind the Headlines analyses the media's relationship with research on alcohol, the science behind it, and what all this means for us when we consider raising a glass.

What's your poison: A sober analysis of alcohol and health in the media (PDF, 3.05Mb) is a must-read for anyone who wants the facts on whether the headlines are true.

Analysis by Bazian

Edited by NHS Choices

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