The government is proposing a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol in England and Wales in an effort to "turn the tide" against binge drinking.
It believes this could transform the behaviour of those who cause the most problems for hospitals and police
The industry said a minimum price was misguided and would hit consumers hard
Under the minimum price proposal, such as at the suggested 40p level, it would act as a floor and retailers would not be allowed to offer alcohol cheaper than that.
Police should be given clear rules about when they can use water cannon and plastic bullets against rioters, a watchdog has said
But officers could lawfully have shot arsonists in some cases during the summer rioting in England, the Inspectorate of Constabulary said.
Water cannon and plastic bullets could have been used in a "number of real scenarios", its report suggested.
Eighteen Church of England bishops have signed an open letter, criticising the government's proposed welfare changes.
In the letter, in The Observer, the bishops express concerns about plans to limit the amount any household can claim in benefits to £500 a week.
Their intervention has received the backing of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York.
The government says the reforms are designed to reduce a culture of benefit dependency.