Friday 24 February 2017

Editorial: Onus on adults to change our drinking culture

"The majority of Irish people have a drink as a social lubricant – it allows them to enjoy good company, good music and to celebrate special occasions."

This is Alcohol Awareness Week, a week when we reflect on our often difficult love affair with 'the drink'. While alcohol consumption is actually dropping as a whole, there is little doubt that virtually all aspects of modern Irish culture are bound up with alcohol, everything from a First Holy Communion ceremony to a football match to the visit of a foreign head of state.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this. The majority of Irish people have a drink as a social lubricant – it allows them to enjoy good company, good music and to celebrate special occasions.

But it is one thing for mature adults to enjoy a few drinks, quite another to see teenagers staggering around the streets absolutely stocious after 'prinks' – the practice of having 'pre-drinks' in somebody's home before going out to a nightclub.

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