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The bounced booze email Hall of Shame

Busted!

It is an immutable law of lifestyle journalism that all articles about booze appearing in the run-up to New Year's Eve must give tips on either avoiding hangovers or curing them.
So says Jason Wilson in today's Washington Post story on grapefruit drinks.

So true. Last year this time I wrote about bartenders' hangover cures. Last week I wrote about non-alcoholic cocktails. Friday I have a story about brunch drinks.

As a consumer, I've always hated the lack of imagination in lifestyle story programming, especially between Thanksgiving (celebrities who take two hours "giving up" their holiday to ladle soup), and New Years (how to keep those weight loss resolutions). But as a freelancer, they make it really easy to sell stories.

And I happen to know there's a weight loss vodka coming out early next year.

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