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A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

11-year-old girl hospitalised after binging on vodka

An 11-year-old girl needed hospital treatment after binging on a "vast quantity" of vodka, police said.

Rebecca Tyrrel: Dan Aykroyd believes that aliens visit us because 'they don't dance like Mick Jagger'

Who knew that Dan Aykroyd, writer and star of Ghostbusters, has webbed toes? Who ya gonna call if you're born with two toes fused together by shared tissue? No one, that's who.

The party line: Ann Widdecombe

The Week In Radio: The spirit sinks as Widdy has one too many whines

Has there ever been a more glorious title for a programme as Radio 5 Live's Drunk Again: Ann Widdecombe Investigates? Prior to listening, I had visions of Britain's newest national treasure three sheets to the wind, wobbling out of a Wetherspoon in mini-dress and heels at one in the morning, and trying to snog a policeman.

Man About Town: Turning a morning after into a full-on day rarely makes for happy endings

Tuesday morning is an ambitious time to invite anyone for cocktails. You run the risk that entirely the wrong sort of guest will turn up – the under-employed and overly thirsty. Not the sort with whom you necessarily want to spend your weekday mornings.

Fergie with Voli Vodka CEO

Trending: The celebrities appearing in a pub near you

Like your drinks with twist of celebrity endorsement? If so, we hope you're thirsty, as there are more than ever to choose from. Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas has announced she is teaming up with charmingly named rapper, Pitbull, to launch a low-calorie vodka, Voli.

'Sex gang plied underage girls with drink'

A group of 11 men plied girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs so they could use them for sex, a court heard today.

Rebecca Armstrong: Why I'm turning my nose up at vin de Barrymore

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The snowball has found its way on to the new menu at the Nightjar cocktail bar on London’s City Road

On The Menu: Snowballs; Sarah's Honey; Glorious soups; Naga chilli vodka; tomato sauce

This week I've been drinking...Snowballs

Simon English: There's a wealth of fury in the US, too

Outlook Johnson County in Kansas is one of the wealthiest suburbs in all of America. Everything always works, everyone always smiles and it is nearly always sunny, even if it is freezing cold. You'd like it.

Glen’s Vodka seized at Moscow Farm, which had an industrial-scale bottling plant. Bleach and methylated spirits were used to make the drink

Gang used bleach to make illicit vodka

Ringleaders jailed after police raid farm where 165,000 bottles of deadly drink were produced

My Edinburgh: Isy Suttie, Comedian

My worst moment in Edinburgh was when I got paid £20 to leave the stage at The Comedy Zone in the Pleasance. It was 2005 and I wasn't really suited to the rough-and-tumble of the room at weekends, where it was considered more "edgy" to down a pint of Stella with a vodka shot in the top than it was to talk about a squirrel biting my hand. Which is what I was doing at 11pm on a Saturday night. Once it had been decided by a Scottish man that the only way to get this over with was to pay me to go, a £20 note snaked its way down from the back and into my soon-to-be-tear-soaked hands before I went and spent all of it on whisky.

Ukraine: Bears to be freed from vodka torture

Ukraine's Environment Minister promised yesterday to free all bears kept in restaurants for entertainment purposes and often forced to drink alcohol.

Fatal blast reveals secret trade in moonshine

An explosion has killed five people and left another battling for his life with extensive burns at an illegal factory that was manufacturing alcohol.

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