A European Commission  paper on alcohol harm, due to be adopted on Tuesday, will not ban advertising to youth drinkers and put tobacco-style health warnings on bottles as the industry previously feared, it has emerged. The paper will aim to tackle the continent’s spreading epidemic of binge drinking in partnership with the alcohol industry but it will not contain compulsory measures, says the Financial Times which has seen the paper. Markos Kyprioanou, health commissioner, will invite the industry to agree a common code of advertising and set up a forum for companies and health pressure groups to meet. The paper suggests a minimum legal drinking age of 18, a zero limit of alcohol for drivers under 25, lorry and public transport drivers and calls for responsible marketing and a ban on serving intoxicating customers. Research the Commission has assembled found alcohol is a factor in more than 25% of deaths among under 25-year-old males in the European Union. Meanwhile, a study from the University of London has found that binge-drinking fuels at least half of all violence. And the Daily Mail reports how criminals are being allowed to go on binge-drinking sessions before sleeping off their hangovers in a controversial £3m weekend jail as part of their “intermittent custody” sentences. Inmates are said to be turning up drunk after touring pubs on the way to HMP Kirkham, in Lancashire. Financial Times Daily Mail