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Considerable volumes of wishful thinking and even more hot air have been expended on the 'wonderful' 2012 Burgundy vintage, currently on offer. Sparing you the hyperbole and cutting to the chase, Burgundy 2012 is a good vintage in which a handful of great wines have been made by a few exceptional growers. It is not a rising tide that raises all boats in the mould of 2005 or 2010.

Saving party-goers from themselves: Bristol opens 'drunk tank' for intoxicated revellers

Scheme will be run as a multi-agency partnership with police, ambulance service, health organisations and licencees

Kate Barry: Daughter of Jane Birkin and John Barry found dead after fall from Paris apartment

Ms Barry, who was a photographer who had been published in Vogue and the Sunday Times, was reportedly found dead on the pavement beneath her flat

South Korea considers law to classify online gaming as a potentially antisocial addiction

Gaming addiction would be classified alongside gambling, drugs and drinking

Glencore oil trader Andrew Kearns loses wrongful dismissal claim after he was sacked for 'heavy night' of drinking - and is ordered to pay at least £150,000

Glencore said he failed to attend critical Singapore meetings in the morning, at lunchtime and in the afternoon

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Heffron in 2007, when his memoir 'Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends' came out

Private Edward Heffron: Private with Easy Company whose wartime exploits were recorded in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers'

Edward "Babe" Heffron was a soldier whose Second World War service as a member of the US Army's famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries Band of Brothers. Heffron and his comrades fought some of the war's fiercest battles. A paratrooper in Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Heffron took part in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and helped liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in Landsberg. He received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

People who drink alcohol outlive those who abstain, study shows

Research found people who drank heavily had a lower mortality rate than those who did not drink any alcohol at all

Take note, supermarkets: We already have laws in place concerning alcohol and children

Supermarkets have been stopping parents buying alcohol where children are present

Comic Relief has been forced to defend its investment policy after it emerged that millions of pounds donated to the charity went towards buying shares in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms.

No laughing matter: Comic Relief invested in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms

The investigation found that the charity invested £630,000 in shares in leading weapons manufacturer BAE Systems

Fruit beers could soon fall foul of French taxes

Postcard from... Brussels

The Belgians’ sweet tooth is not limited to the calorific chocolates and truffles they consume: their famous beers are also often laced with sugar, especially the fruity brews enjoyed across the country.

Matlala, right, on his way to victory against Pat Clinton in Glasgow in 1993

'Baby' Jake Matlala: World champion in two weight divisions who was named as his favourite boxer by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was four days out of prison when I asked him to name his favourite boxer. "Oh, it has to be Baby Jake," he said, beaming with delight, having been serious and sombre for the previous hour. Yes, Baby Jake Matlala." Soon after, the pair met for the first of numerous times and seemed to relish each other's company, sometimes joking about their size disparity. The world's shortest boxer at 4ft 10in, who died two days after his friend and hero, was the darling of the country's sports-mad public – a crossover figure whose charm and ebullience endeared him to the white suburbs almost as much as in his home crowd in Soweto.

Going home for Christmas: The best ways to freeload off your parents in the holidays

After a term's worth of student living, why not make the most of the comforts of home this Christmas?

Britain's new minimum prices for alcohol are intended to curb binge-drinking and booze-related violence.

Revealed: Alcohol and drug abuse accounts for almost one in five hospital admissions among those in their 40s

The figures come despite an overall decline in binge drinking.

Lady Gaga arrives at the Jingle Bell Ball on Sunday 8 December, two days after her performance at Annabel's

Lady Gaga, gig review: 'A proudly ridiculous self-creation'

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New NHS figures have revealed a surge in numbers of middle-aged patients admitted to A&E because of drug or alcohol

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New NHS figures have revealed a surge in numbers of middle-aged patients admitted to A&E because of drug or alcohol.

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