HANGOVER

The weird and the wonderful, scandals, human interest stories… while good drinking and good living go hand in hand, overindulgence sometimes has unforeseen, untoward, or even tragic consequences … Welcome to the dark side of the drinks world.

A Cordial Death

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A British woman killed her husband with a boiling, sticky solution: a few litres of simmering water mixed with three kilos of sugar. Mrs “Smith” wanted to punish her husband after hearing claims he had committed numerous child abuse offences. Her son, who was himself among the many victims, had told his mother before killing himself. She could not...
No less than seventeen diplomats (from Lesotho and Malawi) are henceforth “personae non gratae” in South Africa for illegally selling alcohol. They have abused their privileges (being able to buy duty-free goods) to fuel the contraband alcohol market during the lockdown and temporary alcohol ban the country has put in place. It is understood that the South African Foreign...
This might seem comical to some people, but only a well-trained dog can detect the imperfections in a barrel where man’s best friend (second only to the dog) is maturing. We will note another duty that falls to Rocco Dog, quality coordinator, acting under the orders of his very much human boss “Mr Wooff” is to create a pleasant...
New Belgium Brewing Co is the American producer of “Fat Tire” beers. In order to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change, a beer that “tastes awful” has been produced as a limited edition. “Torched Earth” is brewed from smoke-tainted water, dandelions, and drought-resistant cereals... all of which gives a foretaste of a post-apocalyptic beverage in a world...
The “biggest” French wine customers, the British, have expressed their concerns about the consequences of the frosts that have hit France’s agricultural sector, especially the wine sector. A possible rise in wine prices is envisaged on an economic stage where serious competition might create an opportune tendency to break “good old habits.” As for French winegrowers, they are trying to...

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The Chauvinism Content of Wine

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The Legend of the First Vine

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An old legend tells that Noah, when he left the ark, planted a vine. When evening came, accursed Satan conscientiously sprinkled the blood of a lion, a monkey, and a pig around it. Thus,...

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Hallucinogenic Tea Injections: Not Medically Advised

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