Saturday 25 November 2017

We are drinking ourselves into a state of oblivion

Our country's alcohol problem is leading to an alarming disconnection from each other and from ourselves, writes a practising psychotherapist

A NIGHT ON THE TILES: A survey by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs carried out in 2010 and 2011 found one-third of 18- to 24-year-olds in Ireland were drinking four-and-a-half pints or one-and-a-quarter bottles of wine on a night out
A NIGHT ON THE TILES: A survey by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs carried out in 2010 and 2011 found one-third of 18- to 24-year-olds in Ireland were drinking four-and-a-half pints or one-and-a-quarter bottles of wine on a night out

I guess I should declare from the start that I have a problem with alcohol – more than one, actually. My father – a regular at the 19th hole – was a heavy drinker while I was growing up. A few years ago, a relative had to go into rehab for alcoholism. My partner likes to drink, and as I'm sure he'd tell you, it's been the cause of many rows over the 10 years we've been together.

So I have a few issues with drink... well, that's putting it mildly – I'm fast getting to the point where I just can't stand it, where it's making me upset, angry and actually quite scared for the future.

I'm so tired of hearing media commentators saying on the one hand, yes, this country has an issue with drink; and then on the other joking about the regulation hangover after the night before, thereby helping to normalise what is a huge societal, family and individual problem.

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