Binge drinking costs taxpayer £4.9 billion a year

Binge drinking costs £4.9 billion a year to the UK taxpayer, or almost £80 per person, the University of Bath's Institute for Policy Research has revealed.

Findings show:

  • Binge drinking increases the average number of daily injury-related A&E admissions by 8%
  • The daily average of road accidents by 17%
  • The average number of alcohol-related arrests by 45%
  • The number of police officers in duty by around 30%

The research argues that policies in place to regulate alcohol sales and consumption are inadequate and that a possible solution would be increasing the average retail price of alcohol by at least 10 pence per unit.

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What is the most stressful time of day?

If you're a mum with young kids, it'll be a familiar picture - new research has identified 5.08pm as the most stressful time of the day for parents.

It's the 70 minute perfect storm of tea, bath and bed that sends most of us into meltdown, 85% of mums and dads said they had to repeat the same instructions 30 times to get their kids to do what they'd asked. The school run is the second as the most stressful time of the day.

We want to know what's the most stressful time of day for you? How stressful do you find tea time with your kids? Get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or by emailing before 8am 31 March morning. You must be 18 and over, terms and conditions at

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Jamie Oliver's campaign for food education

Diet related disease is one of the biggest killers so it's an important issue.

– Jamie Oliver on his campaign for food education

This weekend Jamie Oliver launched a global petition for better food education for all children across the world at the Sydney Opera House.

Jamie made an appearance at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney and took to the stage for an event called Food Revolution Live - which is an international movement to fight obesity and diet-related disease with better food education for kids and parents. He joins us live from Australia's Park Hyatt Hotel to tell us more about his mission.

He said: "They have the same diet related issues and diseases as we have" in Australia.

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