Two articles today highlight a national delusion over health – one points out how much people play up the amount of exercise they do, the other reveals how much people play down their drinking. The NHS spends £4.2bn every year on obesity-related illness, and £2.7bn on illness related to alcohol abuse. This isn’t to say that anyone who doesn’t count their drinks is an alcoholic. Rather, it draws attention to the fact that people need to take more responsibility for lifestyle issues that affect their health . Denying it doesn’t make it go away.