Health timebomb'

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A Glasgow law firm believes it is only a matter of time before brewers and pubs face legal action over health damage caused by alcohol. Litigation...

A Glasgow law firm believes it is only a matter of time before brewers and pubs face legal action over health damage caused by alcohol. Litigation experts Ross Harper claim heavy drinkers could seek damages from the industry because most drinks do not carry a health warning. Pubs running discount promotions could be sued for making alcohol too easily available. More eating out Traditional pub culture and better quality restaurants are encouraging more British people to eat out. A survey by GFK Ad Hoc Research for the Wall Street Journal Europe reveals that 70% of Britons eat out at least once a month and a third do so weekly. Some 59% of respondents said they preferred going out to eat to staying at home. M&B pub sale Mitchells & Butlers has put four central London pubs up for sale for £4.9m. The Back Door on Old Burlington Street (on the market for £1.5m), the George IV on Portugal Street (£1.5m), the White Horse on Horseferry Road (£1m) and O'Neills on Holloway Road (£900,000) are available individually through agents AG&G. Fly posting action Edinburgh council is stepping up its campaign against fly posting in the city by warning pubs and clubs they face fines or court action. The council has already served dozens of notices to operators ordering them to remove promotional material. Most offences are carried out during the Edinburgh Festival. Caffeine warning Energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine must use clear labelling under new EU rules. Pubs and bars serving products such as Red Bull in pitchers and cocktails must also ensure customers are made aware of the contents. Brakspear's first The Hollybush in Redbourne, Hertfordshire, is the first Brakspear-owned pub permitted to sell guest beers. The outlet was acquired earlier this year and is the first pub Brakspear has taken on outside its Thames Valley and London heartland.

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