*** Shortlisted for the 2019 André Simon Book Awards*** [The UK's prestigious food and drink book awards that celebrate the very best writing in the English language ] 'Like a new Bill Bryson, she offers an easy sharing of deep knowledge, with humour, where one learns things in a gentle way without it feeling like learning.' Dan Jago, judge of the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards
Drinkology: The Science of What We Drink and What It Does to Us, from Milks to Martinis
Do you really know what you are drinking? Are you sure?
We consume many drinks every day and they all have an impact of some kind on our body. Maybe we're just thirsty, maybe we need something to wake us up, maybe we want something to relax us at the end of the day. But have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly is in your chai latte or just what those added electrolytes in your bottled water are supposed to do?
From coffee and kombucha to cola and champagne, Drinkology distils the scientific evidence on the world's most popular drinks to see if we can get to the bottom of questions, such as:
Is a regular glass of wine good for our health or not?
Should we worry about energy drinks?
Is fluoride in our tap water harmful?
Are fermented drinks and probiotics the answer to a healthy gut?
Whether you want to discover the true benefits of wellness drinks, find out if sulphites in wine really cause headaches, or are just sick of the pseudoscience behind the marketing of what we consume, this book is for you.
It may just change the way you drink.
Published by Robinson (Little, Brown) 7th November 2019 (Chinese version forthcoming) Available to purchase at all good bookshops (including Amazon & Waterstones)
'Hot or cold, caffeinated, alcoholic, sweet or not, this book is a fascinating cultural history of our favourite drinks that explores the science (or not) underpinning their many health claims. A wonderful read!' Dr Giles Yeo, author of Gene Eating
‘A truly engaging read. By challenging common health misconceptions and debunking bad science, Drinkology arms us with information to make better choices about what we drink, not just what we eat.' Ian Marber, author of Manfood
‘Very engaging and entertaining . . . a clear guide to everything we need to know about drinks, from water to milk, tea, alcohol and beyond. Dr Willett dispels common myths and fads and sets the record straight . . . allowing us to make fully informed choices. A fascinating deep dive into the science behind everything we drink.’ Elisabeth Cresta and Caroline Day, founders of Fight the Fads
'It is thorough but accessible, and consistently shows the health and wellness claims of fashionable beverages as marketing fantasy... This is a proper book, not a gimmick to seduce the panicking Christmas shopper, but it is sufficiently graze-able to prevent tying up the bathroom for disagreeable lengths of time.' Strong Words magazine
'We spend a lot of time worrying about our diets, but not so much consideration is given to drink. That's why the new book from Dr Alexis Willett, 'Drinkology: The Science of What We Drink and What It Does to Us, from Milks to Martinis', is so fascinating. It reveals the fact and fiction behind the claims for liquids including kombucha, tea, red wine, coffee, tap water and nut milk, so we can make better informed quaffing choices. Glug.' The Scotsman
'Drinkology is clever, it's thought-provoking and it may just change your taste in beverages.' Woman's Way magazine
'A fascinating insight into common misconceptions and misleading health claims.'Vegetarian Living
'Highly entertaining and you'll learn along the way.' Spiritsfully
Featured in: BBC Science Focus Magazine, Daily Mail (UK), Fabulous Magazine (The Sun), Halsoliv, Health and Wellbeing Magazine,HuffPost, Psychologies Magazine, Saga Magazine,Shelf-Awareness.com, Spiritsfully.com, Strong Words Magazine, The Lifestyles Show (Talk Radio Europe), The Bookseller, The Drinks Business,The iPaper, The Moncreiff Show (NewsTalk FM), The Scotsman, The Sunday Post, Together TV, Vegetarian Living, Wine and Spirits Magazine.