The drinking will start Monday lunchtime and literally carry on until late Wednesday. Every stand in the conference (bar mine) will be giving away booze as an incentive for delegates to pop by, then there are various drinking events around the town, some dinners, and then more drink and dance events until the early hours. Even the famous Betty's tea rooms has been booked for a champagne extravaganza (I will insist on being served tea!)
I will have to attend most of these functions and 'enjoy' the stimulating conversations and watching people slowly descend into their own worst nightmares, but then this is my fourth year of attending this event sober so I know I at least won't be tempted to join in.
I will of course report back later this week and let you know just how bad it all got - especially as I will be one of the very few who will be able to remember what occurred.