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Surge in winter vomiting bug cases, Labour reluctant to back minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland, and heart surgeon calls for ban on butter.

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of news headlines on Monday 18 January.

The Daily Mail is one of a number of news outlets to report that a surge in cases of the Norovirus winter vomiting bug – which has affected up to 500,000 people – is putting the NHS under huge strain.

Food is on (or off?) the menu in the national press today, with the Express reporting that a leading heart surgeon is calling for a ban on butter to curb Britain’s obesity epidemic, and the Guardian bringing us the news that the UK Faculty of Public Health is urging ministers to eradicate artificial trans fats from the British diet, to reduce people’s risk of heart attack or stroke.

The Times reports on Labour’s reticence to support the Scottish government’s proposal of minimum pricing for alcohol, despite shocking new statistics which show that the Scots are drinking 25% more than Welsh or English. To put this it into perspective, the Scots are apparently drinking the equivalent of 46 bottles of vodka each in a year. And we thought they preferred whisky…

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