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The demon drink
21-OCT-2009

The demon drink

Not a very imaginative shot I'm afraid but the best I could come up with, squeezed between a day
sitting in court and heading out to a talk by a leading child psychologist and writer which our son's school
has organised for parents.
I'd be tempted to open this bottle, a pressie from a friend, when I get home later, but after listening
to a litany of court cases with their roots in the abuse of alcohol, I think I'll settle for a nice camomile tea
instead.
There were the drunken students who got arrested after neighbours called the police to
noisy house parties, the drunken history graduate who assaulted another youth whom he wrongly
thought had stolen his mobile phone, the depressed housewife arrested for drunken driving after having
a glass of wine with her lunch while taking strong anti-depressants, the Eastern Europeans, far from home, arrested
for drunken driving, stealing bottles of wine from supermarkets and being drunk in public. The list went on and on.
And then there were the drug addicts, who no doubt first got their highs on that legal drug - alcohol.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a glass (or 2 or more) of wine but it's a sobering experience seeing the evidence
of the hardship which alcohol can bring to our lives.

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LynnH23-Oct-2009 15:56
Any good thing in excess, becomes a bad thing. Love the commentary!!!
Neal Nye23-Oct-2009 11:19
I can't even imagine how hard it would be to fight an alcohol addiction. Quitting smoking 40 years ago was bad enough.
Nora van Beek22-Oct-2009 19:37
For most of us, drinking responsibly is not a problem, but for those poor souls whose lives are ruled by the bottle, it can have devastating consequences.
laine22-Oct-2009 02:08
alla salute !!
pkocinski21-Oct-2009 21:55
It's called responsibility and each of us must know our own limits when drinking.
Colin Storey21-Oct-2009 20:12
After a day listening to all that you deserve a small drink :-)
Kevin Chester21-Oct-2009 20:03
They say if it came on the market as a new drug today , every country in the world would ban it. But it has inspired many of our great artistic high points. So get it opened and let the inspiration flow :-). In moderation of course.
routerer21-Oct-2009 20:00
Wow..!
I'll never ever drink again...ever.
That's been said a few times methinks.
john.
Phillip Normanton21-Oct-2009 19:57
Cheers, erm, I think. Hot choccy for me tonight anyway, I'm all out of 'frol :o)
Máire Uí Mhaicín21-Oct-2009 19:42
Perhaps it's you rather than the child psychologist who should be giving that talk tonight! Sobering thoughts here.
Ann...21-Oct-2009 18:48
Very thought provoking - makes me realise what a very fine line we walk sometimes.
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