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If you're planning to knock back a few tipples to celebrate Good Friday, you better rush out to your local right now: all NSW bottleshops are closed tomorrow as per state trading laws. This includes the big players like Dan Murphy’s, BWS and Liquorland.

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You may have heard of mums and dads giving their teenagers alcohol as a parenting tactic - rationales include 1) it's safer to buy it, serve it and monitor it in a controlled environment than to have them sneak off with their friends to scull goon in some sketchy parking lot, and 2) it normalises alcohol so they won't see it as something taboo and therefore something they must ingest in mass amounts as quickly as possible.

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In Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the character of George is haunted by a decades-old memory of accidentally ordering a "Bergin and water" in a crowded pub. While most of us know the difference between bourbon and gin, it's possible you've made a similar faux pas to the sniggers of nearby barflies without even realising it. Here are 20 popular alcoholic beverages that you might be mispronouncing.

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In this episode of The Upgrade we're taking a closer look at alcohol - why we drink, what it does to us, and how to quit, if we're so inclined. We're joined by author Annie Grace, author of the book This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life.

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If you're just getting into wine, you probably hear about processes you're not familiar with, like decanting and aeration. But do you need to bother with that stuff? Fear not, future wine snob this is all you need to know.

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If you're feeling a little dusty this morning, then you've gone and got yourself a hangover, haven't you? There's no real way around it, you have to go through it - but here are a few tips that may help stave off the real punishing effects of getting a little overzealous on the party's punchbowl.

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Gin - which is traditionally made from juniper berries - has long been noted for its health benefits. According to a raft of scientific studies, it can improve everything from blood circulation to your liver and kidneys. It's also a low-calorie spirit, making it the dieter's tipple of choice.

However, if you're a die-hard G&T fan, you might want to take a closer look at the ingredients in your beverage. Specifically, the sugar levels.

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It's perfectly natural to play it close to the vest at work, especially if you're the new guy in the office. But office camaraderie depends on more than showing up on time or coming through on a group project. It also involves participating in work-related social events, often including the occasional after-work drinks with your colleagues. If you're an introvert, FastCompany has a few guidelines on when you should (or shouldn't) attend your office's happy hour event.

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The Melbourne Cup has a reputation for causing normally sensible people to act a bit silly. And by silly we mean completely and utterly munted. The exciting vibe of the event combined with copious beer and champers invariably leads to excessive intoxication.

We're not here to judge, but if you need to be at work the next day, you're going to need to do something about that hangover. Here are five hacks from a sports nutritionist that should help to mitigate the damage.

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If you've never really explored it before, drinking whisky can be intimidating. Deciding what whisky to try first is a big decision. And once you decide, should you put in on ice? Drink it straight up? Try it with water? And how are you supposed to taste all these crazy flavours people keep saying you'll pick up when you sip on it?

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When you're tasting whisky, nosing, the act of bringing your whisky to your nose and taking a sniff, is a step that a lot of people skip, but they shouldn't. Smelling your booze can help you pick out flavours and aromas that you won't be able to detect through sipping alone. It's an important part of the process.

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I like a wide variety of beers, but if you open up my fridge you'll mostly find those cold activated cans of el cheapo lager. Why? Because it's just fine. That's right, I said it.

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When you drink semi-frequently, you typically come up with a cocktail, spirit, or style of beer you like, and gravitate toward it when you're out. When you don't drink often, drink menus can be hard to navigate, and what all your friends enjoy might be a bit different than what works for you. For instance, things like double IPAs and smoky scotches can be great for seasoned drinkers, but revolting to less-frequent ones.

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On Sunday afternoon, Aussie boxing fans will converge on pubs and sports bars around the country to watch Conor McGregor duke it out in the ring against Floyd Mayweather. It's going to be quite the spectacle.

If you want a rowdy, ringside-esque experience, Australia's authentic Irish pubs are the ultimate venue. There will be cheering. There will be chanting. There will be drunken debauchery as only the Irish know how. With that in mind, here are the best Irish pubs in each capital city - all of which will be showing Mayweather vs McGregor on big screen TVs!