Wednesday 17 January 2018

Let us enjoy a jar without petty lectures

Binge-drinking is wrong but most of us just want a couple of pints down our local, writes Eamon Delaney

That's the drink for you -- as a topic of discussion. There I was thinking I was going on RTE Radio 1's The John Murray Show to talk about Guinness and the image of Ireland and Barack Obama taking a sup in Moneygall. Little did I know I would find myself defending my pursuit of moderate drinking against an attack by John Waters on the "sick culture" of drinking in Ireland, and alcoholism.

With him was comedian Dave McSavage, who was similarly inclined to describe his own personal ordeal, and castigate drink as a crutch for people with weak personalities and low self-esteem.

The discussion was provoked by the success of golfer Darren Clarke, which he celebrated with much wine and many pints of the black stuff. Not only that, but Clarke famously otherwise enjoys a regular tipple and, crucially, this is said to contribute to the relaxed and confident mindset which enables him to pull off his sporting feats.

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