Wednesday 26 September 2018

Television review: Keeping a subject complicated

  • Claire Byrne Live, RTE 1, 10.35
Hugh Wallace. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Hugh Wallace. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Hugh Wallace, the architect and one of the judges on RTE's Home of the Year, was talking to Claire Byrne about his being an alcoholic. He had no problem about saying that word, because "I have a disease". And the "medicine" he is taking for that disease, is that he doesn't drink... "except for a little glass of wine", which they would discuss later.

It is surely proof of the elusive nature of this condition that even someone like Hugh, who has enough understanding of his alcoholism to call it by that name, can still be mentioning that "little glass of wine". At which point a large number of Ireland's population of recovering alcoholics would have been thinking: did he really say that?

And personally I would not exactly call it a "disease", though that is perhaps a more esoteric point.

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