Prof Frank Murray: Taking the right steps to curb 'drink culture'
'Alcohol doesn't drown the sorrows; it only teaches sorrows to swim'
When many healthcare professionals and others in Ireland spoke out against Arthur's Day, the message echoed around the globe.
This was a consequence of the fact that Guinness is a global brand, but also because Ireland is recognised internationally as a country where alcohol has played a leading role in both social events and disease. Our Minister for Health reminded us of that again today, when he referred to the 'social lubricant' of alcohol.