We Irish are two-faced about the drinker. Officially we're appalled -- unofficially, mine's a Guinness ...
Some years ago, on the Late Late Show, the late Brian Lenihan told a story about a group of senior Fianna Fail figures being disturbed by a young garda as they drank after hours in a rural pub.
The guard was ushered into the Ministerial presence. Being newly graduated from Templemore, he was inclined to stand his ground. Names would have to be taken. And summonses issued.
"Listen, son," said Lenihan, "would you like a drink -- or a transfer?"