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Drink drip by drop

india Updated: Oct 14, 2007 19:36 IST

The expression ‘what’s your poison?’ appears to have been taken a little too literally by an Italian tourist in Australia when he downed a peg or two of ethylene glycol, a poison contained in anti-freeze. Doctors who found that they had run out of medicinal alcohol that is used as an antidote to the poison hit upon a novel treatment. They set up a drip of vodka, yes vodka, and kept the man alive on that. The patient is now up and about and is probably having a high old time. We have all heard of the cup that cheers but when was the last time you heard of vodka giving you another shot at life?

Vodka, the drink that is becoming a favourite the world over, has been known to have strange effects on people. The late Boris Yeltsin, famous for his passion for a drop or two, once hightailed it into the Moscow river after raising several toasts. He would often break out in a jig while under the influence, much to the astonishment of his hosts in foreign countries. It is rumoured that even on a visit to the austere confines of Rashtrapati Bhavan, he helped himself liberally to the good stuff. Needless to say, the Indo-Russian talks that followed went down smoothly.

Now a vodka drip may not be for the fainthearted but the hellraiser from the House of Windsor, Prince Harry, has shown that he can fling it down the hatch in a decidedly different way. The wild child royal has been seen on several occasions snorting vodka. For the uninitiated, this involves inhaling the spirit through the nostrils, where it hits your bloodstream immediately. Not at all what the doctor would order. But then don’t let all this stop you from enjoying your evening cocktail. Cheers to that.