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Another weekend of “complete chaos” in the Meadows

Temperatures in Edinburgh reached 16 degrees on Saturday, with Scotland’s ‘stay at home’ order lifted on Friday, meaning residents were free to go out without having a specific reason to do so.  However, outdoor gatherings are still limited to four people from two households, and it became clear on Saturday that larger groups were congregating […]

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Sober halls are not the answer to combat unhealthy drinking habits

A study by UCL has found that more than one in five of students are teetotal. The NUS has suggested that increasing student debt, alongside the high cost of drinking itself, has in part been responsible for this trend. Certainly universities should seek to ensure that social life on campus is accessible for this demographic. […]

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A breakdown of some affordable wines to enjoy on your romantic date night

At times it can be difficult to select a good yet affordable wine for a romantic date. If you’re in the mood for white wine, try Mas Buscados’ Macabeo sobre lías found in Cork & Cask in Marchmont for just £7.50. It is a full-bodied and dry wine with medium acidity, giving it a crisp […]

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Our resident wine expert reviews an affordable Tesco red wine

Despite the hype behind dry January, I have started 2019 with the intention of reviewing wines that don’t surpass the student budget. Often as a student, it is hard to know what a wine is going to taste like from just looking at the label. It would be great to encourage more students to appreciate […]

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Dry January is conducive for leading a healthier lifestyle

Millions of people ring in the New Year in with a glass of prosecco in hand. Many of those will wake up the following morning with just a dull ache where the memories of the night before should have been, the first words on their lips: “I’m never drinking again.” This rough start to the […]

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Alcohol-free student halls: do they provide safety or seclusion?

Are you going out tonight? A question which echoes around university campuses every evening as students conclude the academic side of their lives for the day and begin to consider another equally important aspect: their social lives. There’s no doubt that going out and drinking is a custom deeply embedded in university culture – in […]

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Artificially produced wine: fad or the future of the food industry?

The history and complexity of wine creation over the years has inevitably lead to the unfolding of a wine culture consisting of wine connoisseurs, competitions between regions, a vast variety of grapes and different wine-making technologies. Winemakers put immeasurable effort into giving every wine its own distinct character, making it “fruity”, “tart”, or even “prudent” […]

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Welcome Week can be an isolating time for sober students

Welcome Week is an incredible opportunity for new students to get involved in university affairs, socialise with fellow students, and settle into their new home. However, this process seems to be largely lubricated by the continuous flow of alcohol that runs through the core of Welcome Week. Thus students who do not drink for religious, […]