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Taking super strength alcohol off the shelves

More than twenty five off-licences and stores in Portsmouth have signed up to a new scheme to help cut excessive drinking.

Shops are being asked to stop selling any beer or cider over 6.5% in volume, not including premium products.

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Shops sign up to a new scheme to help reduce heavy drinking Credit: PA

Dr Andrew Mortimore, Interim Director of Public Health, said, "It is estimated that alcohol misuse costs the NHS, criminal justice service and employers £74 million annually in Portsmouth.

A significant part of this can be attributed to the availability of "super-strength" alcohol. Also, Portsmouth's hospital admissions due to alcohol are above the average for the UK."

Dorset police crackdown on alcohol crime

Police in Dorset will be carrying out additional patrols and offering advice to students during freshers' week to reduce alcohol related crime.

It comes as part of the 'In Focus' campaign which will run over five days from 18th to 22nd September.

It aims to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents.

The campaign coincides with freshers' week - when new students arrive at their chosen universities.

Police hope that a greater presence will help people face up to the problems of excessive drinking.

University Liaison Officer PC Andy Scarratt said: "We will be offering students advice on staying safe whilst on nights out. Our aim is for individuals to enjoy their student experience, but in a safe and well informed way.”

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Booze ban: "We do have a problem in Hastings''

Hastings Council wants to introduce a ban on off-licences selling strong alcohol across parts of the town. If it does so, it will be the first council in Sussex to take the step. They say the ban will be voluntary. But they're determined to tackle the problem of street drinking.

Well earlier, Fred Dinenage spoke to Councillor Jay Kramer who has been looking at this issue. He started by asking her how bad the problem of street drinking had got in Hastings.

Rescue animals to help addicts

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

For people with severe alcohol and drugs addiction, a stint of goat husbandry might sound like an odd prescription. But that's one approach being tried out by a specialist recovery centre near Maidstone.

The Kenward Trust, which helps addicts to clean up their lives and get back on track, has formed a partnership with the Buttercups Goat Sanctuary. It's hoped that caring for the animals every day will help to bring structure and a sense of responsibility to the Trust's residents.

David Johns explains, talking to Ken Crawford from the Kenward Trust, volunteer Valerie Underdown, and Bob Hitch, founder of Buttercups Goat Sanctuary.

Drink warning from baroness after attack by drunken gang

A campaigner for victims' rights - whose husband was killed by a drunken gang - has been in Kent to see what is being done to tackle teenage drinking. Baroness Newlove was in Maidstone to see how Government money is being spent on a project to make young people aware of dangers.

Her husband, Garry, was attacked outside their home six years ago - a tragedy that left her determined to make young people think - before they drink. David Johns reports.

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Gin distillery coming to Hampshire

Artists impression of the new gin distillery Credit: Bombay Sapphire

A gin distillery is to open at Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire.

The project by Bombay Sapphire is a multi million pound restoration of the historic buildings which once housed England's most significant bank note paper making facilities

The site will be completely renovated from a derelict mill into a gin distillery and visitor centre.

It's expected to open in autumn 2013.

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