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Lorraine Courtney: As women juggle jobs, family and our inner critics, is it any wonder we keep pouring ourselves that drink?

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'But if we are dealing with increasing rates of alcohol use among women, we might want to look more at the societal and familial pressures that surround women and not just women’s need to behave recklessly.' Photo: Stock image

'But if we are dealing with increasing rates of alcohol use among women, we might want to look more at the societal and familial pressures that surround women and not just women’s need to behave recklessly.' Photo: Stock image

'But if we are dealing with increasing rates of alcohol use among women, we might want to look more at the societal and familial pressures that surround women and not just women’s need to behave recklessly.' Photo: Stock image

'Drinks after work?' is probably one of the most used phrases for the average Irish woman in her 30s.

Alcohol is our personal demon and our end-of-day-reward - it's a part of our identity. We drink in pubs and clubs and baths and kitchens.


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