The wine and gin memes are coming thick and fast on WhatsApp, and god knows we need a laugh at the moment – and probably a crutch to get us through the kind of sweeping changes in our lives that were unimaginable just a month or two ago.
We’re weeks into home-schooling, working from home, social distancing and a non-stop torrent of worrying news from home and abroad, and we’re doing what we can to get by.
The problem, of course, is the uncertainty as to how long this will last, and what we’re facing on the other side of the Covid-19 curve.
Ireland has a long and involved relationship with alcohol. It’s a rare Irish occasion that is alcohol-free, from wetting the baby’s head to drowning our sorrows. We know from studies that 84 per cent of the adult population in Ireland drink alcohol, and the amount in volume that we drink per year is on a steady increase, according to a Lancet study published last year. And that was before we had a global pandemic on our hands.
Source: Nicola Perry, The Irish Times, 02/04/20