Dr Mark Rowe: Going easy on the drink will make your life better as well as longer
As a nation, the Irish have traditionally had a high tolerance for excessive "social" drinking, especially around the festive season. Many of the effects of our collective alcohol dependence and misuse remain hidden from sight, just like an iceberg under water, but a potential timebomb nonetheless, for the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and Ireland Inc.
I believe it's high time to wake up to the fact that what is considered "social drinking" in this country is, in many cases, damaging your health, sometimes fatally, and detrimental to your well-being. In so many respects, alcohol is a subtle destructive force in Irish society.
We need to blow the lid off the silence that surrounds alcohol in this country and to ask ourselves openly and honestly how much we are drinking and how it is affecting our physical and psychological health, our emotional vitality, relationships and well-being.