European Commissioner for telecoms Vivian Reding has been exposed as a champers-swilling lush, who'll pop a cork at the drop of a hat.
Her spokesman Martin Selmayr told hacks today that Reding, currently on a trip to China, had cracked open a bottle of champagne on hearing her proposals to cap mobile roaming rates had been voted through a European Parliament committee (number seven on the 'You know you've been in Brussels too long when ...' list).
Asked if she had genuinely indulged in a slug of bubbly, the soon-to-be-ex-spin doctor replied:
"If you knew commissioner Reding, you'd know she would never miss such an opportunity."
BM is looking forward to the invite to the party when the proposals go to a decisive vote later this year.
And if it all goes pear-shaped, will she turn to gin instead?