Sunday 4 December 2016

Enough to drive you to drink. Binge drink, that is

Published 24/06/2014 | 02:30

Barbara McCarthy won't be drinking this Christmas season
Barbara McCarthy won't be drinking this Christmas season

Have you been enjoying a beer or a glass of wine with the nice weather? After all, it's the summer, the football is on and everyone knows that the Irish like a drink in the sun. Or in the rain. Or in the snow. Or when the skies are grey.

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Basically, we like a drink. And we all know too many people who like too much of it. But while there's not a family in Ireland who doesn't have at least one knock-down, dragged out, full blown alco in their midst, most people know how to enjoy a drink without their life crumbling down around their hapless, booze-sodden head. In fact, you might even have thought that restricting your consumption to a few pints at the weekend was fairly innocuous stuff. But you'd be wrong and languishing in a state of pathetic denial if that's the case.

The latest example of health professionals wagging their fingers and pursing their lips as the rest of the country enjoys a cold one on a hot day comes with the news that even supping a modest three pints per sitting is enough to be classed as a binge drinker.

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