Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Open 24 hours--you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here (except that you can, and we will serve you beer while you wait)

Sorry dude, but you're wrong when you suggest
"Our psyche is not equipped to handle the 24-hour availability of alcohol," said Victor Robinson, addiction expert at the University of Ulster, the Londonderry-based institution which wrote the report.

"We are not a Mediterranean people, and have not been socialised into the respect for alcohol those cultures have," the lecturer said.
This is Ireland we're talking about--the Irish are more equipped for 24 hour bars than just about anybody else (except you can't smoke there). And this is a dismal way to view the drinking public:
Robinson said: "In my judgment, 24-hour availability of alcohol in Northern Ireland will mean the introduction of 24-hour bingeing, not a new age of temperance and moderation."