Christmas Day is one of only two days in the calendar year where pubs shut in Ireland, but that doesn’t mean alcohol is absent from the season’s festivities.
Sales in off licences and supermarkets in the run-up, advertising on TV and billboards, the 12 pubs of Christmas – there’s an abundance of alcohol in Irish life at Christmas life.
Around 7,500 people enter treatment for alcohol use every year. But, for all of those seeking help and their families, Christmas can be an exceptionally trying time of year.
Regina Liepe is a senior counsellor at the Stanhope Centre in Dublin. She told TheJournal.ie that Christmas can be a “very, very difficult” time for problem drinkers and their families.
She said: “You have the active drinker, the drinker in early recovery, and then the family involved too.
Source: Sean Murray, The Journal.ie, 22/12/17