Is the cold, wet weather getting you down? Think a dram or two of restorative whiskey might warm you up? Well a couple of booze-oriented events this week might do the trick.

Saturday night brings the chance to sing "I'm on a Boat" while doing some serious tippling at the Whiskies of the World Expo. If you'd like a more public-spirited justification for some drinking, Friday night there's a whiskey-and-fancy-food fundraiser for the local chapter of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN). Sure, there's irony in supporting exercise for kids with a louche evening ("You kids go out and run around while your mother and I get soused"), but just keep telling yourself it's for a genuinely good cause. Bottom's up!

Photo by Grant Williamson.