Gout – a disease of distinction. Associated for hundreds of years with drunkenness and gluttony, but also with genius and sexual prowess, gout has quite a reputation. The paper sifts fact from fiction in the long history of a disease – still very much with us.

Is it okay to binge at a fine-wine dinner? For years official medical advise has warned of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol in one sitting. A study from Denmark, however, suggest that, in the right conditions and as a pattern of sensible drinking, the occasional binge may not be as damaging as assumed.

The myth of slow alcohol metabolism in old age − ignorance or public health misinformation? The consistent conclusion from a number of studies is that The downward sloping parts of the BAC curves (depicting alcohol metabolism) are identical for young/old women and young/old men whether fasting or after a meal.