Today begins a new edition of our blog feature “Variations on a Theme,” in which we devote digital ink to a topic that fascinates us. This week, it’s all things booze.

Hangover Week is brought to you by the Reader‘s Neighborhood Bar Guide. Look out all this week on the Bleader for alcohol-related writing from Reader writers.

And in case you missed it, here’s Disparity Week, last week’s “Variations on a Theme.”