— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) June 16, 2013
The Irish sure know how to win over the White House press corps. Trays of Guinness waiting for us upon our arrival at the hotel.
— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) June 16, 2013
Members of the White House Press Corps receiving pints of the black stuff on arrival in Sligo last night.
Meanwhile, in today’s Irish Times Letters, Clinical Psychologist Dr Declan Aherne outlines his concerns about our relationship with alcohol:
The alcoholic society may be best represented by its ambivalence toward excess alcohol consumption. Just as the alcoholic individual will deny that s/he has a drink problem, so the alcoholic society will demand “evidence” that there is a problem with sponsorship by alcohol companies, ignoring the blatant fact that alcohol sponsorship in sport is providing a universal endorsement for alcohol consumption, without the provision in equal measure, for alternative lifestyle choices.
It is this imbalance, driven by marketing and brand exposure, that generates peer pressure to drink. Those who argue that there is no evidence to link alcohol problems with sports sponsorship are demonstrating a clear ostrich-like approach to the difficulties our society is facing in relation to alcohol.
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