British politician Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, make a toast upon their arrival in Switzerland in August 1946. Stories of Churchill's special relationship with alcohol are legendary — and champagne was his truest passion. A new book reveals the extent to which that passion imperiled his already threadbare bank balance. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Seeing double after toasting? Just wait for the hangover that's coming, thanks in part to those bubbles in sparkling wine. Chris Nickels for NPR hide caption

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Hangover Helper: Tips To Prevent A Horrible Headache
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Britain's House Of Lords Still Seems As Elitist As The Name Suggests
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Each bottle of Champagne contains around 50 million bubbles. But will any of them accelerate the inebriation process? Victor Bezrukov/Flickr.com hide caption

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Brice from the Bubble Lounge in New York City demonstrates how to saber a bottle of champagne. About.com hide caption

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A Dramatic Way To Uncork The Bubbly: Use A Sword
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The bubbles in champagne tickle the tongue and transfer wonderful aromas to the nose. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Cheap Bubbly Or Expensive Sparkling Wine? Look To The Bubbles For Clues
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