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Cut out: the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds would come into force between October 2019 and October 2020

Plastic straws could be banned by October 2019

Single-use plastic straws and stirrers could be banned as early as October next year, after Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a consultation into scrapping the items today (22 October).

A long and social affair: alcohol consumption dates back 10 million years according to the latest scientific theories

How has alcohol changed in 10 million years?

Alcohol was a poisonous substance millions of years ago. Happily, humans have evolved to be able to drink it and a recent two-day conference revealed the many positive effects of the liquid – especially when used as a part of everyday bonding rituals

Changing times: could serving drinks in a glass be something of the past?

7 ways not to serve cocktails

Drinkers have taken to social media to air their frustration at being served drinks, including cocktails, in vessels other than glasses.

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