Drinking alcohol 'is cheapest way to feel warm'
AS energy costs spiral, householders are relying on alcohol to get a warm feeling.
Recent gas and electricity price rises have led millions to explore beer, wine and spirit consumption as an economical alternative to conventional heating.
Father-of-two Stephen Malley said: “I can’t afford to heat the house, but this bottle of Scotch gives me a warm inner glow.
“Even my nose is lovely and rosy. The kids like it too, it helps them sleep in a way that just having the radiators on didn’t.
Teacher Emma Bradford said: “My flat feels lovely and warm now I’ve had a lot of gin.
“In fact I might sleep outside on a park bench tonight, just for novelty value.
“The only downside of alcohol-based body heating seems to be that I am more argumentative and un-coordinated.”
Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “There is a subtle but important difference between feeling warm and being warm.
“Also we may start to see seasonal booze price increases as brewers moan about ‘dwindling North Sea alcohol reserves’.”