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Online shopping and drinking – what could poshibly *hic* go wrong?

Rebecca Armstrong

Published 28/03/2013 | 09:58

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Do you fancy another one? Go on, just a small one. You don’t have to get up in the morning, after all.

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No, I’m not talking about the demon drink (I’ll come to that shortly), but the fact that we love an internet purchase, not least when we’ve had a skinful. According to a new survey by, erm, internet-service comparison site broadbandchoices.co.uk, one in four of us has bought something online when under the influence of alcohol.

I must confess that I’m sightly surprised it’s not more, but perhaps I assume that everyone is an iPhone-toting lush like me. Obviously there are more teetotal technophobes out there than I realised. The compilers of the survey reckon that concert tickets were up there as one of the most popular things to buy pished. I’m much more likely to fall victim to a bit of late-night iTunes downloading, which results in a cold sweat as I check my purchased music playlist (Carly Rae Jepsen? Say it isn’t so. Oh god, not an entire album by Dodgy).

The other thing that seems like such a good idea when the gin is slipping down like the devil in velvet trousers is the buy-now-with-one-click option (it feels more like an instruction after one too many) on my Amazon Kindle app. On the one hand, I recently ended up with a digital copy of Goodnight Mister Tom, which I hadn’t read since my schooldays and made me cry like a baby when I read it last week, on the other, I binge bought a terrible teen-fiction trilogy. Drinking and downloading – it’s a dangerous thing.

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