Professor Ross Coomber

History and culture may play key roles in global spitting habits

People should take historical and cultural influences into account before forming opinions about those who spit in public, an academic has suggested.

Ross Coomber, Professor of Sociology at Plymouth University, said while the UK now largely condemned the practice, in many nations it remains a fully accepted part of the lifestyle.

He also said despite the current revulsion in...

New study launched into people's gambling habits

Gambling addicts may be putting themselves and their families at risk despite not even realising they have a problem, academics have suggested.

The claim, from Plymouth University’s Drug and Alcohol Research Unit (DARU), comes as a new study is launched looking into people’s gambling habits. It will also examine the ways people can reduce the potential for harm to both themselves and...