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Clare McKeon's column: These 'cheap' drink nights are a scandal.

Byline: Clare McKeon

WE DRINK the most per head in Europe.

Our hospitals, clinics and treatment units are full to bursting with mainly young people who have damaged themselves through abuse of alcohol.

We have a major problem that is causing untold damage to our society, and the effects of which may take years to manifest themselves.

So it was with amaze-ment that I read of a pub in Dublin that is offering all you can drink in an evening for EUR40 for men and EUR25 for women.

This means, as a man, you would have to drink about 10 pints to get your money's worth. Or eight Smirnoff black ices.

That would put most people on the floor, or at least in the loo puking it all up.

The manager said it was a great success and that they made four times the normal profit.

He should be taken up to John of God's in Stillorgan and made to spend a day there, meeting people whose lives have been destroyed by alcohol.

At least legislation is being rushed through that will outlaw these kind of promotions.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2003
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