Musician Andy Banks drowned after he became trapped in a drain as he tried to retrieve his car keys on New Years Day

Musician, 49, drowned after he became trapped in a drain as he tried to retrieve his car keys on New Years Day Andy Banks, 49, became trapped in a drain while attempting to fetch his keys Fire fighters spent 40 minutes trying to rescue Mr Banks before he was pronounced deadMr Banks had spent the hours drinking with friends in a nearby bar By Conor Sheils PUBLISHED: 15:30 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 11 April 2013 An inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death after Andy Banks died when he became trapped in a drain on New Years Day A musician drowned after he became trapped in a drain while trying to retrieve his car keys, an inquest has heard.

Students" Facebook confessions about binge-drinking and bed hopping "could make them unemployable"

Students' Facebook confessions about binge-drinking and bed hopping 'could make them unemployable'Academic chiefs have warned 'irresponsible' posts could hurt job prospectsSwansea University students have been posting 'confessions' to FacebookThe university and students' union has warned against sharing lurid details By James Rush PUBLISHED: 16:27 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:54 GMT, 1 January 2013 Students who use social networking sites to confess about their boozing and bed-hopping have been warned it could leave them unemployable. Undergraduates have been swapping tales of binge-drinking and lewd behaviour on the social networking site Facebook, leading academic chiefs to warn their racy anecdotes could damage their future job prospects.

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

X Factor hopeful booted off talent show for glassing her boyfriend in the face avoids jail

What do you have to do to go to jail, part two X Factor hopeful who was booted off talent show after glassing her boyfriend escapes prison termLucie Slater attacked her DJ boyfriend William Aitken after seeing a message on Facebook Slater was part of girl band Quantro but the group was thrown off the ITV talent show when the attack came to light'I still love her' admits anguished former boyfriend She was sentenced to 51 weeks in prison suspended for two yearsSlater's escape from jail comes day after a thug punched a headmistress after she told his son off for racial abuseRomanian victim who ran 3million cashpoint scam with 9,000 victims also wallked free from court yesterday | UPDATED: 17:30 GMT, 21 December 2012 Booted out: Slater, a bar promotion worker, was part of girl band Quantro but the group was thrown off the ITV talent show when the attack came to light An X Factor hopeful who was thrown off the talent show after glassing her boyfriend in the face has avoided jail. Lucie Slater, from Ryton, Gateshead, was drinking wine at the home of her DJ boyfriend William Aitken when she came across a message on Facebook which upset her. The 21-year-old almost instantaneously hit her boyfriend with a glass in the face and threw the laptop across the room

Christmas 2012: Drunken revellers cause carnage across Britain

Christmas carnage kicks off across Britain as drunken revellers stretch emergency services to the limit Drunken yobs cause carnage in cities across the countryCalls to 999 skyrocket as drinkers fight and fall overArmy-style triage units in street to deal with chaos500,000 emergency centre just for drunks set up in London | UPDATED: 16:18 GMT, 16 December 2012 A young woman dressed in next to nothing lies prostrate on a soaking pavement, one of thousands of binge-drinking revellers who caused chaos on Britain's streets on 'Black Friday'. With just nine days until Christmas, hordes of party-goers ignored the driving rain and freezing conditions to pack out pubs, bars and clubs on festive parties, and many were so drunk they could barely stand

Cabinet in revolt over Camerons alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose unfair tax on the poor

Cabinet in revolt over Cameron’s alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose ‘unfair tax on the poor’Plan to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit branded 'illiberal'Opposition grew when study showed poorest 20% would bear half price hike, paying an extra 318million a year for alcohol Wealthiest 20% would pay an extra 7m and richest 10% would pay nothing | UPDATED: 20:12 GMT, 16 December 2012 A bid to end Britain’s binge drinking culture by imposing a price hike on alcohol has been hit by a Cabinet revolt. Senior Tories and Liberal Democrats have united to oppose the minimum pricing proposals, condemning it as an ‘unfair tax on the poor’. Ministers critical of the plan, backed by David Cameron, to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit said it was ‘illiberal’ and would punish responsible but cash-strapped drinkers.

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.

Young people are calling time on binge-drinking culture

Young Britons turn their backs on binge drinking and drug taking culture of their parents' generation, figures show Government figures show students are drinking lessAcademics point to cultural shift, increasing financial constraints and tougher action to explain decline | UPDATED: 18:30 GMT, 9 December 2012 Young Britons are calling time on the binge-drinking culture of their parents' generation. Government figures show a continued fall in alcohol intake among young people, especially students, over the past decade.

George Osborne"s autumn statement: A beacon of realism in a sea of greens

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 5 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas.

How women would rather give up sex than chocolate: One in five say treat would be last thing they forego

How women would rather give up sex than chocolate: One in five say treat would be last thing they foregoMore than 20 per cent of women said that chocolate would be the last thing they could give up, according to aa Cancer Research UK campaignBut just nine per cent said that sex would be the hardest thing to forego | UPDATED: 07:38 GMT, 4 December 2012 The log fire is raging and the lights are turned down low.