Under-age drinking linked to number of off-licences

One in 10 under-18s who end up in hospital after drinking to excess are there because there are so many off-licences from where they manage to get alcohol, according to a new study released tomorrow by Alcohol Concern. It warns: "Nearly 10 per cent of all alcohol-specific hospital admissions for under-18s in England, excluding London, are directly attributable to off-licence density."

Royal London sheds 220 jobs

Royal London, the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company, is set to close the Liverpool headquarters of Royal Liver, the business it bought in July, at the cost of 222 jobs.

Andrew Martin: A couple of units is never enough

The guidelines on safe alcohol consumption are to be reviewed by the Science and Technology Committee of MPs. Now alcohol consumption is an area in which I have considerable experience – you might almost say it was a speciality of mine – and so I therefore presume to offer some advice to the Members concerned.

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Health organisations attack government alcohol pact

Leading health organisations have slammed the Government's "responsibility deal" on alcohol and refused to sign up as partners.

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Scientists grow human livers in laboratory

Breakthrough could solve the shortage of organs for transplant and improve testing of drugs

Caine reveals his agony over asking doctor to end father's life

Sir Michael Caine has revealed how he asked a doctor to help his terminally ill father to die by giving him a lethal overdose.

Questions the barrister inquest jury answered

The jury ruled Mark Saunders was lawfully killed but raised concerns over communications at Scotland Yard as it answered the seven questions issued at the conclusion of the barrister's inquest.

G20 pathologist 'irresponsible' in other post-mortems

The pathologist who first ruled that newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson died from natural causes at the G20 protest was found today to have behaved "irresponsibly" in other post-mortem examinations.

Pod cast: Mark Hix reveals why peas are summer's most versatile vegetables

Peas must be the nation's favourite vegetable; even the convenient frozen ones are irresistible. But peas aren't paid enough attention in the kitchen and they tend to get just boiled, buttered and chucked into a bowl and served on the table. They are endlessly versatile, however; there's so much more you can do with them – from offering fresh ones raw as a little snack to blending them up to make sophisticated mushy peas to go with fried fish.

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