The price of some alcoholic drinks could be increased to tackle binge drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling is under pressure to increase the price of strong lagers, cheap ciders and alcopops in his 12 March Budget, according to the Independent.

Meanwhile, a Home Office report due to be published this week is expected to admit that extended licensing hours have failed to create a continental café-culture.