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The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre, alleges that the politician was behind an assault in a Toronto jail in March 2012

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.

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"From here on out, I fight only for my own," announces "Devil" Anse Hatfield, as he prepares to desert from a group of retreating Confederates. When he says this, Anse sincerely believes that he's announcing his retirement from futile combat.

There's a new species of prohibitionism on the rise

Instead of an outright ban on activities deemed "undesirable" - like getting off your head on booze - the state is trying to render them socially inacceptable

US secret service curbs excessive drinking and sharing work information on social media

The US Secret Service has formally adopted new policies on the use of alcohol and social media, banning excessive drinking and the sharing of work-related information on sites including Facebook five months after more than a dozen employees were accused of drunken partying with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia.

Police warn over rising numbers of off-licences

Rising numbers of off-licences on estates are making it harder for police to control residential areas, the Scotland Yard Commissioner warned yesterday.

EastEnders star 'put off drinking' playing boozy character

EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa has revealed that her character's boozy ways put her off drinking in real life.

Underbelly calls for truce as Edinburgh venue row threatens to roll on

One of the most prominent venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival has spoken out against a rival who is “threatening to destroy” the event with his claims of infighting, and called for a truce.

Country singer Randy Travis arrested while naked for drunk driving

Country singer Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening law officers after he crashed his car and was found naked and combative at the scene, Texas officials said.

Boxing day killer of Indian student Anuj Bidve 'threw hot water on fellow inmate'

A killer who shot dead an Indian student was “purposeful” in throwing a mop bucket of hot water over a fellow inmate, a jury heard today.

The Night Wanderer, 1923-4, 90cm x 68cm by Edvard Munch

Munch Museum, Oslo

Graphic novel: The erotic fiction that put the 'strip' into comic strips

Nearly a century ago, Mafia money bankrolled an explosion of erotic popular fiction, says Arifa Akbar

More than 300 people arrested in Met Police licensing crackdown

More than 300 people have been arrested as part of a Metropolitan Police crackdown on unlicensed activity across the capital.

Tightly fitting underwear? Drinking? Smoking? Poor diet? Which should you think about carefully if you're tryingh to improve your sperm count?

So, which of these does harm male fertility?

Sperm count study confounds conventional wisdom

How boring would life become if we took this new research seriously? Popping into the Builders' Arms after work for 'just a quarter of Timothy Taylors, thanks, Sam'

Alcohol: I drink therefore I am

New guidelines warn Britons to drastically reduce their boozing. But is a life without liquor worth living? Hell no, says John Walsh

Class A drugs 'should be decriminalised,' says former drug advisor Professor David Nutt

Drugs such as LSD and MDMA should be decriminalised and sold in pharmacies, the government's former chief drug advisor has said.

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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