Speaker"s plans to end booze culture in Westminster scrapped after staff claim they will pay for antics of drunk MPs

Speaker's plans to end booze culture in Westminster scrapped after staff claim they will pay for antics of drunk MPsJohn Bercow unveiled plans after MP Eric Joyce assaulted colleagues in Commons barStaff say they will be penalised because MPs will not suffer same restrictionsBan replaced by a voluntary code for drinking at Westminster | UPDATED: 22:37 GMT, 29 December 2012 John Bercow’s attempt to call time on Westminster’s hard-drinking culture was in tatters last night after plans for a total ‘no-alcohol’ policy for Commons staff were ditched. The Speaker has taken action to curb excessive drinking at the Commons after Labour MP Eric Joyce assaulted colleagues in a Westminster bar

How that extra mince pie or tot of brandy could take years off your life

How that extra mince pie or tot of brandy could take years off your life Smoking, eating red meat and watching TV can each knock at least 30 minutes off your life expectancy for every day you indulgeBut you could claw back time by sticking to just one alcoholic drink and eating plenty of fruit and veg | UPDATED: 23:30 GMT, 17 December 2012 Every over-indulgence can reduce your life expectancy by at least half an hour, say Cambridge scientists Having that extra mince pie, seconds of roast turkey or an extra tipple takes hours off your life, new research suggests.

Drinking beer: Can it really stave off a cold?

Cheers! Could drinking beer really stave off a winter cold Humulone, the bitter-tasting chemical compound found in hops, is said to be effective against cold and flu virus Now, a Japanese beer company plans to create humulone-containing food and non-alcoholic beverages | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 12 December 2012 You'd be forgiven for thinking a steaming hot toddy is the best remedy for a cold, but according to new research it's lager you should be knocking back to beat the dreaded lurgy. A new Japanese study suggests that a key ingredient found in beer may help to warn off the winter sniffles. Researchers at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a chemical compound in hops, was effective against the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus and was found to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Booze: Outrage over off licence that are selling bottles of alcohol for less than the price of a bar of chocolate

Outrage over off licences that are selling bottles of alcohol for less than the price of a bar of chocolate A 275ml bottle of Turbo costs just 39p The Government are currently consulting on plans to introduce a minimum price per unit | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 30 November 2012 Campaign groups have hit out at alcohol sold 'for pocket money' as one of the UK’s largest off licence chains sell bottles of booze for just 39p. As debate rages over the Government’s plan to introduce a minimum price on an alcohol unit, top chain Rhythm and Booze is selling Turbo, a heady four per cent mix of lager and lemonade, for the tiny sum. With a Crunchie costing 69p and a packet of Munchies 82p, drinkers are able to pick up a 275 ml bottle of the alcoholic beverage for a fraction of the price

Owner of Britain"s last Temperance Bar who extolled virtues of abstinence to TV chefs… is banned for drink driving

Owner of Britain’s last Temperance Bar who extolled virtues of abstinence to TV chefs is banned from driving… for being drunk | UPDATED: 18:53 GMT, 30 November 2012 The owner of Britain’s last surviving temperance bar has been banned from driving for 17 months after he admitted drink driving. Christopher James Law, 52, who owns the 120-year-old Fitzpatrick’s bar in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to the charge at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

Alcohol price rules are illegal, European Commission warns David Cameron

Minimum price for alcohol is illegal: Europe's warning to Cameron as he pushes ahead with price hike Prime Minister wants to ban the sale of alcohol for less than 45p a unit He has been told this will contravene laws of the free movement of goodsWine-producing nations such as France, Italy and Spain are planning to take Britain to court for breaching EU lawTypical family's drink bill set to soar by 100 a yearResearch found 59 per cent of alcohol costs less – meaning price will go upGovernment say plan will cut crime and health problems | UPDATED: 10:48 GMT, 29 November 2012 Putting a minimum price of alcohol is illegal, the European Commission has warned David Cameron. The nine-page letter from Brussels to the Prime Minister says the scheme would break laws governing the free movement of goods