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Drinking problem
What did you do last night?

If you're a typical person, chances are it involved alcohol. And if you can't remember what you did last night, chances are it involved a lot of alcohol.

Social life in Britain has long been lubricated by drink. Legend has it that King Harold lost the Battle of Hastings, his crown and his life because too many of his soldiers were still nursing hangovers.

Anti-social behaviour
The possible results of binge-drinking
Many of our town and city centres look like the scene of a battlefield on a Friday and Saturday night as drinkers go binging.

Ministers are concerned: binge-drinking equals anti-social behaviour - and that's one of the government's demons. A crackdown on festive bingeing was launched last week - with 80 spot fines threatened for drink-related bad behaviour. And there's more legislation on the way.

MPs on the Commons Home Affairs committee will be hearing evidence about binge-drinking this week as part of a wider investigation into anti-social behaviour.

Our reporter, Mandy Baker, has been crawling around the pubs of Romsey in Hampshire - dead sober, you understand - to see how the binge drunk make a misery of the lives of some residents of an otherwise peaceful market town.

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