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Drinking alcohol in seats at football grounds, banned since 1985, could be reinstated as part of a fan-led review into the game.
While the specific details are yet to be revealed, former sports minister and current Conservative MP Tracey Crouch is set to publish her independent review into football, with a key recommendation being changes to how alcohol is consumed within stadiums, according to The Times newspaper.
Currently, drinking alcohol is permitted in the concourses of grounds in the Football League but not in seats, meaning fans can drink before the match and quickly at half-time.
Crouch, who has been battling cancer, admitted the timing of the recommendation against the backdrop of the scenes at Wembley for the Euro 2020 final in July is not ideal, but feels the moment has come to review how alcohol is viewed as part of the match-going experience.
“Our view on alcohol and football is outdated,” she told The Times. “It’s not helped when you see scenes like we did at Wembley. But that’s why I would pilot it first. Let’s get the data. My view is not some kind of altruistic view that fans should be able to drink at football. It’s also about allowing clubs to be able to sustain themselves.
“We can look at things like an independent regulator as part of this process. But football has to take a bit of responsibility for itself and sustain itself better.
“We kettle people into drinking quickly at half-time. And that is the unhealthy aspect of the football fan’s relationship with alcohol. They drink a lot in a short space of time. So my recommendation is to pilot this and not have to down a pint at half-time.”
Crouch will push for a pilot on serving alcohol at clubs in the National League and League Two with a view to extending it across the professional game, thus protecting income of clubs lower down the footballing pyramid.
“Take a club like Dulwich Hamlet, which is in National League South,” Crouch added. “It’s revenue is generated through its refreshments. If it gets promoted to the National League Premier [which operates under the alcohol ban], it effectively stops generating that revenue during a game. They said openly in evidence to us that they cannot afford to get promoted because of the rules around alcohol.
“Lots of clubs generate a lot of their income through their bars and I think it’s time to look at this issue again. We do have this bizarre situation where you can go to Headingley and drink as a cricket fan, but go to Elland Road and you can’t drink as a football fan.”
The fan-led review, chaired by Crouch, was established amid the controversy that followed the collapsed European Super League project earlier this year, while the Duke of Cambridge has shown his support for grassroots football fans hoping to save the “heart and soul” of their clubs.
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In 2020, more than 740 000 of new cases of cancer were associated with alcohol consumption. This is one of the highlights of the new global study carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and published by The Lancet Oncology.
Even moderate drinking is dangerous
Risky and heavy drinking patterns (more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day) represented 86% of the total alcohol-attributable cases in 2020, show the new data. But the data also reveal that light to moderate drinking (up to 2 alcoholic drinks per day) is dangerous. This drinking pattern represented 1 in 7 alcohol-attributable cancers and accounted for more than 100 000 new cancer cases worldwide.
“Today, many people across the WHO European Region are still not aware that alcohol is rated as a Group 1 human carcinogen – alongside tobacco, asbestos and radioiodine. There is no safe amount of consumed alcohol. As it passes through the body, it can damage the organs it comes in contact with, causing different types of cancer, from oral cavity to female breast to liver and rectum,” explains Dr Carina Ferreira-Borges, Acting Head of the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.
According to the IARC report, the alcohol-related cancer types with the largest numbers of new cases in 2020 were:
oesophageal cancer – 190 000 cases
liver cancer – 155 000 cases
female breast cancer – 98 000 cases.
Deaths that could be avoided
New IARC data also show the population-attributable fractions (PAFs) for alcohol consumption: the proportions of new cancer cases that could have been avoided if no one in the population consumed alcohol.
According to the publication, the lowest PAFs in 2020 were recorded in northern Africa and western Asia – less than 1% in both sexes.
The highest PAFs were recorded among men in eastern Asia (9%) and central and eastern Europe (8%), and among women in central and eastern Europe (3%), Australia and New Zealand (3%), and western Europe (3%).
The European Region has the highest level of alcohol consumption in the world. Cancer is not the only regional problem in this context – alcohol use is attributable to more than 200 health conditions (diseases and injuries) in the Region alone, and leads to almost 1 million deaths each year.
“WHO presented a series of best buys – cost-effective policies that can reduce alcohol consumption levels in Member States. These are measures in the domains of fiscal policies and marketing regulations, and are aimed at reducing easy access,” added Dr Ferreira-Borges.
“If those policies could be implemented fully across the Region, we could save thousands of lives that are now being lost due to cancer and other noncommunicable diseases, and make people healthier and happier.”
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Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton has checked into rehab today for a drinking problem after struggling with early menopause and lockdown which left her at ‘rock bottom’.
The singer is receiving treatment after battling medical problems during lockdown left her turning to alcohol as a ‘crutch’.
In her last post to Instagram, Michelle told how she’d been left with just four inches of hair left after going into early menopause, which she said hit her hard.
The 41-year-old mum has also been devastated by the death of her close friend Nikki Grahame, who lost her battle with anorexia this month, The Mirror reports.
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The tragedy came just weeks after Michelle and her entire family tested positive for Covid.
Michelle has underlying health issues and previously underwent a hysterectomy in 2012 and a double mastectomy in 2015 to reduce her risk of cancer.
A spokesperson for the star confirmed to the Mirror that Michelle entered a rehabilitation facility earlier today where she is taking the ‘time she needs to get better.’
Michelle last posted to Instagram five days ago where she shared her excitement at visiting the salon after revealing she’d been left with just four inches of hair left after going into early menopause.
“We won’t be commenting more at this time on her private medical information other than to say she has the love and support of her family and friends,” they added.
A source close to Michelle told The Sun: “She was just about coping when lockdown hit last year, but the effect of being at home and being unable to distract herself, saw her hit rock bottom.
“She realised she needed to get help when she’d increasingly turned to alcohol as a crutch as she couldn’t cope with the effects of her operations.
“Michelle was left feeling like she had lost so much of what made her a woman and when she went into early menopause that brought with it a whole other collection of problems.”
Earlier this month, Michelle spoke of her sadness at the sudden death of her friend Nikki Grahame.
The Big Brother star died at the age of 38 following a decades long battle with anorexia.
In a tribute post, Michelle wrote: “I was scared to see you . . . to say anything that may be a trigger to lose you . . . I was a coward and I’m so sorry.”
After speaking out about her friend, Michelle was horrified to be targeted by cruel trolls who bombarded her with a string of nasty messages.
Among the nasty posts, one vicious troll accused Michelle of being the reason her pal died.
The Just A Little Bit singer shared the messages with her followers and fired: “Who ever this piece of s*** is.. I feel sorry for you. You need a hug. You never know what anyone is going through.
“However, to tell me I was reason she died … wow … I just hope if you loose someone you love you DO NOT get told it’s your fault… coz.. who ever u r .. your lucky I’ve been through and seen so much I’m not easy to crack.
“Who ever you are .. those words can break someone on the edge. I see u have one follower … who ever follows you report this piece of s***.
“I’ve been Called many things in my life… this is the lowest of them all. You need hugs. X.”
The tragedy came just weeks after Michelle, who has underlying health issues, told fans that she and her entire family had contracted Covid.
Michelle shares Faith, nine, and Aaron, seven, with her husband of ten years Hugh Hanley.
Taking to Instagram after testing positive, Michelle said: “I could have been a lot worse, or may be hospitalised. I’m doing OK, enough strength to tell the kids off anyway!”
The pop star last posted to Instagram five days ago, where she revealed her excitement at having her first hair cut in months.
Thanking her hairdresser, Michelle wrote: “Today I came.. and you explained to me why I had lost most my hair. My hormones aka #menopause, had simply made my hair snap to touch.
“I had about 4-5 inches left. If that!
“Today, the family (that’s what I call all the hair technicians as to me they are and anyone who is lucky enough to visit @inanchlondon will agree) the family, with tender loving care gave me hair! And made me smile and actually start to look at myself again in the mirror rather then walk past and pretend my hair was ok! Love u all xxx”
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This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford explained that putting the milk in first is more flavoursome, according to science. She said: “The proteins in the milk lock in the taste of the tea.” Although this new way of drinking the nation’s favourite drink was popular amongst some people, Ruth shared how she couldn’t think of anything more horrible.
“Tea is a lovely drink. Don’t spoil it with milk and sugar!
According to science, the sudden change in temperature from pouring milk into hot water causes the proteins to unfurl and clump together.
To avoid this, experts recommend placing a tea bag in your mug and adding your desired milk first.
After, add the hot water and stir before adding sugar if needed.
This of course is only if you have milk in your cuppa, some This Morning users shared their “disgust”.
One person said: “What am I seeing before my eyes? #ThisMorning making a cup of tea with milk, I look at that in disgust. Always black, tastes better and it’s healthier.”
Another agreed and said: “I totally agree with the science behind it, although I’m not too sure I can taste the difference.”
Eamonn joked and explained that the only complaint he had about Ruth’s method of making tea was the temperature.
He said that he hates it when the drink is too hot that he has to “slurp” the mug so it doesn’t burn his mouth.
In other food news, Coca-Cola recently changed its Zero Sugar recipe along with a new packaging to “enhance consumers Coke experience even further”.
The revamp of the drink comes alongside a new campaign for Coca-Cola, spanning TV and online.
However fans weren’t convinced with the new recipe, with many asking the company to bring the old one back.
One person took to Twitter and said: “Coca-Cola you know what you did and you know it’s wrong. You let us down, correct it.”
Another said: “Why the need for a new recipe when the old one was delicious and well loved by everyone?”