Friday 24 November 2017

No half measures in tackling the Christmas binge culture

'You end up with a country of bloated drunkards whose habits are almost impossible to legislate away'
'You end up with a country of bloated drunkards whose habits are almost impossible to legislate away'

Lorraine Courtney

Already the wall-to-wall advice on how to cure the Christmas hangover is becoming grating. Articles and tips ranged from blending asparagus smoothies to swallowing the ibuprofen. None of the tips included self-restraint. Now, having one too many at Christmas is nothing new, but what's shocking is how normal and acceptable it now is.

As soon as the round of parties starts, instead of a few drinks to get merry, most of us seem hell-bent on oblivion. Why do otherwise sane individuals suddenly feel compelled to make such fools of themselves at office parties? Instead of alcohol being a pleasant facilitator, getting steaming drunk is the only objective.

The 12 Pubs of Christmas is now a firmly established tradition, an ill-advised bar crawl where participants down a drink in a dozen different bars and all over the course of a single evening.

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