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Drink! Drink! Drink!

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1077
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. 1County Armagh

In Ireland we love our funerals. George Best's could not live up to the media hype, but it was still pretty big, the biggest since that of the hunger striker and MP Bobby Sands. Both were wasted, self destructive lives; one drank himself to death, the other starved himself to death, though I don't think either man would enjoy the comparison.

While starving yourself to death for your country remains relatively uncommon, drinking yourself to death is epidemic in Ireland. We have made the devil's bargain: …

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