Drink driving hasn't gone away - thousands of suspects were stopped just last week
For as long as we can recall, alcohol - the demon drink - has been the drug of choice for the Irish. It has been condemned as the "root of all evil" by those who disapprove of its collateral damage in terms of public health, violence, the destruction of relationships, economic and sexual recklessness, road safety and general devastation of lives.
Irish people have fallen victim to its dubious charms. So much so that the Irish term for fun is in effect "craic" or drink-fuelled fun.
Being a drunk has become part of the Irish "character". Presidents and dignitaries come to Ireland and are photographed with a pint of Guinness. The Irish whiskey section of the Dublin Airport shop is extensive. Alcohol is a major export.