'Minimum price for alcohol to be backed by Nice'

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Setting a minimum price for a unit of alcohol would help tackle Britain's drink problem, health advisers are expected to recommend. The National...

Setting a minimum price for a unit of alcohol would help tackle Britain's drink problem, health advisers are expected to recommend. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) will include the advice in its guidance on how to crack down on problem drinking. The public health organisation, which also acts as the Government's drugs rationing body, has spent two years looking at how to reduce alcohol-related health problems - Daily Telegraph

The Scotch whisky industry makes nearly £4bn for the Scottish economy - and workers are three times as productive as bankers, a new report has claimed. Staff are also six times as productive as the Scottish average - and the national drink now earns as much for the Scots economy as tourism does, research suggested - Sky News

Pubs showing World Cup matches will be visited by teams of police officers during games as part of a crackdown against anti-social behaviour. Manx police have joined forces with the Ramsey and district pub watch group to launch a campaign to eliminate drunken violence and intimidation. Officers will be increasing their visits to pubs between 11 June and 11 July. A spokesman said people should be able to "relax" during football screenings - BBC News

In a dingy hospital room in the Baltic city of Riga, Catriona Gourlay grimaces at the fresh stitches in her stomach. The 27-year-old from Camden, North London, has just had an implant - known as The Code - put in her body. It means a sip of alcohol could potentially kill her. She is so desperate to stop herself binge drinking she has resorted to seeking help outside the UK. An alcoholic, she is not alone in taking such extreme measures - The Sun

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