We've got bigger problems than the price of booze

And the Government should be wary of plans that will heap more financial misery on the beleaguered bottom

Simon Kelner: We've got bigger problems than the price of booze

I have been thinking quite a lot about drinking recently. Yesterday, as the Home Office laid out its plans to deal with problem drinkers by outlawing cheap booze, I was surveying the shelves of my local Co-op and I noticed that many of the special offers related to alcohol.

West Bromwich Albion's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (C) celebrates scoring their third goal against Sunderland

Police investigate allegations Romelu Lukaku was racially abused by Sunderland fan

Police have launched an investigation into allegations that West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku was racially abused at Sunderland on Saturday.

The sexual exploitation of children is a cause of far more criminality than most of us dare to imagine

Every one of us can do more to protect children - and should

David Cameron and the Home Secretary, Theresa May (pictured), highlighted a possible 40p baseline for alcohol earlier this year when they confirmed the coalition supported minimum pricing

Cameron to set minimum price for alcohol

PM to publish plan this week to tackle binge drinking by outlawing cheap drink

Rochdale takeaway temporarily shut as part of child sexual exploitation investigation

A takeaway in Rochdale has been temporarily shut down as part of a new investigation into alleged child sexual exploitation.

Tottenham have defended their fans' use of the 'Y-word'

North London derby: Arsenal and Tottenham issue plea for fans to behave

Arsenal and Tottenham have issued a public plea for fans to behave in tomorrow’s north London derby.

Forget the cinema buckets, popcorn is getting a new lease of life with a string of new flavours including wasabi and chocolate

Keep your shoes: Empire Cinemas to display posters outlining 10 'golden rules' for cinema etiquette

Thousands of cinemagoers are driven to distraction each month by the bad behaviour of those around them, as their neighbours talk loudly, eat smelly food and text on their mobile phones during the films. One cinema chain has now drawn up a new “etiquette guide” to ensure its patrons are not left fuming into their popcorn.

Lack of training leads to rise in problem dogs

More than one million dogs in the UK are displaying “problem behaviour”, causing children to become frightened of family pets, according to a veterinary charity.

Children 'fear' their family pets

More than one million dogs in the UK are displaying “problem behaviour” and children are becoming frightened of family pets, according to a veterinary charity.

Cheap but not very cheerful: Stockton house sells for £14,000

Sold: des res. Three-bed, semi-detached in suburban location. Perfect for small families, £14,000.

Cheap alcohol is 'devastating' life in the North East

Doctors in the North East of England have urged the Government to set a 50p minimum price per unit on alcohol following concerns about its “devastating impact” on the region's health.

Bournemouth wouldn’t be the first town to take a stand against stag and hen dos. Police in Newquay said a ban on the “inappropriate clothing” associated with such parties had helped to lower anti-social behaviour and recorded crime this year.

Bournemouth police commissioner candidate vows to end the town's stag and hen party culture

The stag and hen party culture in Bournemouth is causing anti-social behaviour and strict new measures are needed to “reclaim” the town’s night-time economy, according to a local police and crime commissioner candidate.

Violent criminals and rapists to be given automatic life sentences when found guilty of a second offence

Violent criminals and rapists will be given automatic life sentences when they are found guilty of their second offences, Chris Grayling announced today as he vowed to be a “tough Justice Secretary”.

Crime victims will 'pick punishments', says Theresa May

Victims of crime will be given a say as to how offenders are punished, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

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