I was a dangerous person: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian and raging alcoholic

At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she says One day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke up with a hangover, then jumped into a pool and broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. The year was 1996 and Legler was in Atlanta, a member of the French team, having a practice session as she awaited the Olympic finals the next day. Legler, at 6ft 2in, was built to swim. She had been groomed to be an Olympian from the age of 12. But when the finals came the biggest day of …

In search of the perfect pub: what makes a great British boozer?

Theyre under threat but theyre fighting back. How famous London pubs are adapting to a changing world Milky tea, fish and chips, the local pub: these were once the enticing mainstays of British life. Theyre all still there, of course, but outside the home we drink far more coffee than tea, and on the high street the curry house and chicken takeaway long ago supplanted the deep-fried attractions of the fish and chip shop. Of the traditional triumvirate only the public house remains in a primary position, but that too is under threat. It is estimated that Britain has Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), and thats certainly the impression. Last year it describedthe situation as dismal. Almost on cue, Sohos …

Here’s why moderate drinking is probably not good for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

People who drink one to two standard drinks a day are the healthiest overall. But moderate drinking isnt an isolated behaviour As a society, we love drinking. There are people who abstain, but by and large we love to drink alcohol its part of our social culture, part of our collective identity, and so pervasive that it can be hard to escape from even if you try. As anyone whos attempted a Dry July can attest, booze is something that we are all connected to in myriads of ways. So stories about drinking make us stop and take notice. In particular, moderate drinking. We all know that boozing too much is bad for us its no surprise that 20 beers …