Responding to the introduction of minimum pricing in Wales (Monday 2nd March), the IEA’s head of lifestyle economics, Christopher Snowdon, said: “Early evidence from Scotland suggests that minimum pricing has no impact on alcohol-related deaths and little, if any, impact on alcohol sales. "Many Welsh residents will be able to avoid higher prices by doing ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Sun

"The idea that wine consumed in restaurants has any significant impact on the number of alcohol-related deaths is just daft", says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Christopher is quoted in The Sun and the Scottish Sun responding to a University of Cambridge study which suggested limited the size ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Telegraph

Public health campaigners have proposed limiting the size of wine glasses in restaurants in a bid to limit binge drinking, reports the Daily Telegraph. Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, responded to the report saying “the idea that wine consumed in restaurants has any significant impact on the number ... Continue reading
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Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Sun

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, slammed politicians for failing to understand supermarkets and contributing to a false narrative that healthy foods are more expensive than unhealthy ones. Responding to proposals from an APPG that supermarkets should store unhealthy foods out of sight of children and make buy one ... Continue reading
Responding to calls from Action on Sugar to extend the sugar tax to pre-mixed alcoholic drinks, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: "The tax on pre-mixed alcoholic drinks is at least four times higher than the tax on sugary drinks. Action on Sugar and the Alcohol Health Alliance are kidding themselves if they think ... Continue reading
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Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked!

Writing for Spiked!, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, reflects on the legacy of prohibition. Christopher warns that as the memory of the era fades history may well be rewritten by those who claim that prohibition was a groundbreaking public-health initiative which worked better than you think. Read the full article here.... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Sun

Head of lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs responded to new NHS guidance to pharmacists that they should encourage customers to review their lifestyle choices, including their diet and alcohol intake. Quoted in The Sun, Christopher Snowdon said: “I suspect the majority of customers would feel as offended by a pharmacist commenting on ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Telegraph

“Nice seams to think that GPs and pharmacists have nothing better to do than deliver banal health lectures to the public" says Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics. Commenting on the new NHS guidance that says chemists should encourage shoppers to lose weight, cut their alcohol intake and quit other unhealthy habits, Christopher argued ... Continue reading
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Christopher Snowdon quote in the Spectator

Research by the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, was featured in the Spectator by former IEA Associate Director Kate Andrews. The article linked to Christopher's article which shows that the sugar tax has not meaningfully reduced obesity anywhere it has been implemented. Read the full article here.  ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

A century on from prohibition, the lesson we have failed to learn is that "liberalisation and educating people about risks are almost always the best ways to deal with dangerous products and services, argues the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood. Writing his biweekly column for The Times, Mark argues that "when bans and restrictions are ... Continue reading