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    Nom De Plume wrote:
    congratulations in your success i hope this brazen open display of offering vintage cultured beverages is one you will get to enjoy without any adverse effects on others. be reminded of those of who over indulged in such like my dad now deceased god bless him. i recall the days when he was bursting veins on his bloated abdomen spraying blood all over the walls. it took me 7 years to detox the old chap. 5 detoxes in hospital, countless monies spent by the nhs, until they managed to stabilize him all because he had a penchant for fine wine, reel beer, and vintage brandy and whisky. formula uno is not allowed to advertise tobacco so why is the system allowed to promote this, surely its just another posh way of getting p*ssed? i still think this is just a load of old ball **** and an excuse for a good time. was there a collection pot for the poor an disenfranchised? or did you spend any extras on the lavish muscled head security that i saw walking in that direction? real ale, you need to get life ! ! !
    You clearly have an issue with any alcohol, and I have no doubt it is harrowing what happened to your father. However, the fact is that there is a world of difference between a well-run beer festival and somebody knocking back the spirits to excess. Somebody having 3 or 4 pints of beer is not going to end up as an alcoholic.

    Any one of us can choose to go to the supermarket or off-licence right now and buy enough hard liquor to kill ourselves. Most choose not to. I drink beer on a regular basis, mainly at my local pub. Wine now and then. Spirits almost never. Clearly, there are people for whom alcohol is a problem. The A & E dept on a weekend night is testament to that, as are the people like your father who drink to excess and then suffer for it. However, it is not an automatic progression. The people who go to a beer festival tend to be like me, they mainly drink beer. I would say that few alcoholics would go to a beer festival. Why not? Because if they've reached that stage, they're more likely to be buying cheap spirits from the supermarket and drinking at home.

    Not everybody drinks to get drunk. I am very rarely drunk. A few will have staggered home from the beer festival, but most will have walked home as normal. With all due respect, not everybody has the same addictive trait it sounds like your father had, and it is not right to disparage others' enjoyment just because he took it to excess."
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All hail the ale! 3,458 drink 13,000 pints at festival

All hail the ale! 3,458 drink 13,000 pints at festival

All hail the ale! 3,458 drink 13,000 pints at festival

First published in News

ALE lovers drank their way through more than 13,000 pints at this year’s Colchester beer festival.

Camra’s annual event, which ran from Wednesday until Saturday, is thought to have been the biggest yet, with 3,458 people visiting the Art Centre, in Church Street.

They drank 11,808 pints of ale and a further 1,500 pints of cider and perry.

Read more in today's Gazette.

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