Will we live in denial over our drinking until the day we die?
He was the first speaker of the morning and began by telling the audience that it was his first time ever waking up in Dublin without a hangover.
The last speaker, at the same conference that I attended earlier this week, told the crowd that he wouldn't keep them for much longer because he knew "you're all dying for a drink".
Both men, as it happens, were English, visiting Dublin for the event and clearly of the impression that as a nation we're permanently gagging for alcohol, and that it's almost impossible to make a visit here without almost pickling yourself in it. They weren't being patronising or unkind but simply feeding into a national stereotype of which we are more than deserving.