Niamh Horan: 'Irish mothers and grannies are great for having a stash of something somewhere'
Users point to our dysfunctional national relationship with alcohol as they defend their casual use of prescription drugs, writes Niamh Horan
Most of us are in agreement that to unwind over a glass of wine or beer is one of life's little luxuries. For some, it helps to relax in company, for others, it heralds a good night's sleep.
So what happens when we use prescription pills for the same purpose? And why is middle-class Ireland so reticent about our dirty little secret?
The Rolling Stones called them 'mother's little helper' and bottles of anxiety and anti-depressant medications are in one-in-every-two homes in Ireland. They are passed between family members like contraband.