Eilis O'Hanlon: We didn't need any Arthur's Day to lure us into heavy drinking
It's that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the supermarkets are already filling the shelves with Christmas tat – and there's an annual moral panic about Arthur's Day. This year Christy Moore has even released a new single to mark the occasion.
"Diageo, Diageo have mounted a crusade," he sings of the multinational company that owns Ireland's most famous stout. "Creating Arthur's Day, they've suckered us into their charade."
Meanwhile on 'Morning Ireland', Dr Stephen Stewart, a liver specialist from the Royal College of Physicians, was on hand to add his voice to the condemnation, declaring: "People don't need another excuse to drink."