The police chief at the head of a scheme to tackle street drinking has toldáretailers that they have nothing to fear from taking cheap superstrengthábeers and lagers off their shelves.

An independent retailer is hoping to attract interest from other outlets toábuy into his drinks delivery concept called Winebulance which it claims haságrown sales by 25% in less than six months.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle ľ which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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