Friday, September 29, 2006
A curious incident reported by one of the masters of the blogging trade, Daniel Finkelstein. Making small talk, having just bumped into the Home Secretary in a lift, Daniel said he felt hungover, though he only ever touches Diet Coke. Watch out for that Aspartame, Danny. Reid, in return, quotes a union leader to the effect that sleep is the cause of all hangovers. This appears to be an interesting case of a dodgy correlation - you tend to sleep before you get a hangover, but that does not implicate the sleep itself. It's dodgy because heavy lunches often produce hangovers without the aid of sleep. But it's not necessarily dodgy because of the common sense assumption that alcohol causes hangovers. Say, for example, everybody smoked heavily. Smoking would not then be the cause of lung cancer. Think about it.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 10:18 am