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N15036336892846.jpgtweetsFergus Finlay (Top) and recent tweeatge (above).

Counter productive.

Or counter intuitive?

YOU decide.

Judith Goldberger writes:

So Fergus Finlay admits the billboards for his Diageo funded ‘Out Of Control Drinking’ campaign were created by UK based Goddard Global, the same guys who lobby for the tobacco industry. Nice industry to be hanging out with given they are threatening to sue the Irish government.

Then again, maybe they’re the right people to be hanging with as after all the tobacco industry know all about designing intentionally ineffective adverts which create the illusion of responsibility but are either counter-productive or go towards actually promoting their product.


Previously: ‘The Drinks Industry Can Turn Nasty When You’re Not On Message With Them’


She’s ‘on’ the ‘wagon’.

The launch this morning of On The Dry a fundraising initiative by the Irish Heart Foundation and supported by AIG and 98FM that asks people to give up the hooch for January.


From left: Caroline Morahan, Karena Graha , Dublin GAA footballer Bernard Brogan and Telly’s Eoghan McDermott.

On The Dry

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


Deputy John Lyons called out the Vintners Federation of Ireland AND the Licensed Vintners Association on the price of a pint in Dublin city centre in an Oireachtas Committee meeting earlier.

Dónal O’Keeffe of the LVA claims there are pints in Dublin available for a splutterful €3.50.

Deputy Lyons ain’t buying it (were it indeed available, anyone?).

Lyons for Taoiseach.


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Last week, It was a binge too far.

How does it look THIS week.

Anon writes:

“Things are going well. I have been doing a lot of thinking over the last week and took into account a lot of the comments people posted. My first port of call was the assistance service offered to employees by my employer, I did what was termed an AUDIT test which takes into account dependence, behaviours and indication of how people are with alochol.
The scoring system used is 1-40 and anything over 18 is considered problem drinking, I’m a 20! Friends (drinkers and non drinkers alike) have told me that I am being too harsh on myself but intuitively there is something telling me I should be looking at it and changing my relationship. Thinking about it long and hard what do I want to do? The alcohol culture is entrenched in the Irish psyche, telling people I was not drinking was met with a chorus of ‘What is wrong with you, are you sick?’ to people asking me for permission for them to drink ! Never did I mention I had a problem with other people drinking, I don’t in fact I’m wired to the moon as I discovered recently on a night out not drinking.

“I never considered myself a problem drinker at all. On an average night out I could have 8-10 pints which to me appeared normal but from reading up and learning it appears any more than 3.5 pints of beer is binging (seriously?). I have an appointment next week with a counsellor to tease out where I am and strike that balance. I’m going away on a few trips and I want a few beers, not because I crave them but because I enjoy them. My problem seems to stem from two things – I drink way too fast and flood my body with too much alcohol at once and I have associated alcohol with always having a good time which is not true at all! I do consider myself a moderate drinker with bad habits and compared to speaking to others I’m not at the bad end of the scale but I will know for definite midweek :)”



Anon writes:

“………..a regular contributor. Bit of a serious post for me, I’m looking at giving up alcohol, have done the whole binge drinking but after….last weekend, I was smashed and beligerent, I don’t remember anything…What tips have people got about giving up? Have found some good sites and advice and I’m seeking out professional help. Alcohol never has really played a big part in my life, it’s just something that I have had while I was socialising and yes I know and my friends know, I dont need it cos’ I”M larger than life!!”



(File pic: Photocall ireland)

meas[A press release from Drinkaware.ieMEAS (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society) today]


John writes:

“Ms. Fionnuala Sheehan, the head of drinkaware.ie/MEAS, compares the exclusion of the drinks industry from Alcohol Awareness Week to the past persecution of black people and Irish people. Might be a bit of a stretch.”

Excluding Key Stakeholders from the Campaign to Tackle Alcohol Abuse is “Misguided, Counter-Productive and Contradictory” (MEAS)