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Deaths from alcohol misuse in England and Wales hit 20-year high in 2020
ONS figures show death rate starting to rise at beginning of first lockdown and increasing sharply each quarter

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

06, May, 2021 @6:09 PM

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Woolworths pulls pin on Dan Murphy’s store in Darwin near three dry Aboriginal communities
Controversial plans axed after review finds company failed to consult enough with Indigenous communities

Lorena Allam and Ben Butler

29, Apr, 2021 @2:22 AM

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‘Optics are awful’: MPs to be allowed to drink at Westminster again
Fears that resumption of alcohol sales, restricted due to Covid, will incentivise return to Commons

Aubrey Allegretti

15, Apr, 2021 @9:27 PM

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Sore head? 10 easy, comforting dishes to banish a hangover – chosen by chefs
Pubs have reopened in England this week. If the excitement has got too much, here are cooks’ tips for the morning after, from mac and cheese to spicy chorizo eggs

Interviews by Leah Harper

14, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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How far will I go for a table at my favourite pub on 12 April? It’s been like planning a heist | Zoe Williams
I’ve missed out on mini breaks and Easter eggs, but am extremely well prepared for the day bars re-open in England, writes Guardian columnist Zoe Williams

Zoe Williams

09, Apr, 2021 @12:05 PM

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Soft drinks too weak? Time to try hard seltzer
The sparkling, less sweet alcoholic drinks are already huge in the US, and are now set to take the UK summer season by storm

Ellie Violet Bramley

04, Apr, 2021 @7:15 AM

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British study links alcohol with lower risk of developing cataracts
Research finds lower risk among those who drink up to 14 units a week – especially if they drink red wine

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

31, Mar, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Reverend Richard Coles: ‘The loss of my husband is immense’
When his partner David died in 2019, the Reverend Richard Coles found himself alone for the first time in 12 years. Here, he talks to Tom Lamont about grief – and the strange moments it brings

Tom Lamont

28, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Forget margaritas! 10 ways to cook with tequila – from spiked shrimp to watermelon wedges
While the Mexican spirit is most commonly consumed in shots or cocktails, it can also be a joy to cook with, whether you’re making tasty roast beef or boozy chocolate pots

Stuart Heritage

23, Mar, 2021 @11:43 AM

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‘The ketamine blew my mind’: can psychedelics cure addiction and depression?
This week sees the opening of the first UK high-street clinic offering psychedelic-assisted therapy. Could popping psilocybin be the future of mental healthcare?

Words: Alexandra Jones Illustration: Frieda Ruh

13, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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How early humans' quest for food stoked the flames of evolution
A love of complex smells and flavours gave our ancestors an edge and stopped hangovers

Donna Ferguson

07, Mar, 2021 @6:16 AM

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New Zealand police reveal student binge drinking strategy: more pubs
Officers in Dunedin say having a few large pubs would place students into a ‘controlled environment’

Eleanor de Jong in Queenstown

25, Feb, 2021 @12:43 AM

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