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December 21, 2009



The drink questions

In just a few days time dads all over the country will be getting their nuts out in front of the Queen. Yes, it’s Christmas, and another chance to reprise my favourite festive snacks feature intro.

It’s also, for some unfathomable reason, a time for quizzes. So here, for your amusement and education, is the Politics of Drinking round from a pub quiz I compiled last week.  

1          How many pubs were the Big Six brewers forced to sell between them 20 years ago as a result of the Beer Orders?


2          Which British prime minister gave his nickname to the word ‘squiffy’, meaning slightly drunk


3          Which former editor of Socilaist Worker is the current editor of Camra’s Good Beer Guide?


4           According to the British government how many units of alcohol do you have to drink in a session to qualify as a ‘binge drinker’?


5          Name the UK’s two biggest pub-owning companies


6          Which 18.2% abv beer was recently banned from retail sale by The Portman Group?


7          Which English town had all its pubs and breweries nationalised in 1916?


8          Which trade union is organising publicans in alliance with the Pub Revolution Movement


9          In August 20,000 people marched in protest at plans to close a distillery. In which Scottish town?


10        Which Brighton-based pub company is owned by Nick Griffin?


And a bonus question from the Quote… Unquote round:

Who said “We are fighting Germany, Austria and Drink; and as far as I can see, the greatest of these three deadly foes is drink.”


You can find the answers HERE

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