Wednesday 21 February 2018

Alison O’Connor: When it comes to drink, we need saving from ourselves

Alison O'Connor

It's Sisyphus that comes to mind when listening to junior minister Roisin Shortall speak of how she is going to try and reduce alcohol consumption levels among the Irish.

If you're a little shaky on your Greek mythology, poor ol' Sisyphus was a king punished by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll down again, and to repeat this process throughout eternity.

It's really a terrible pity that this is the case because if there was one immensely positive thing any politician could do to improve Irish society it would be to cut our drinking levels.

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