I thought the comments on the drinking habits of the Irish were
interesting. Living in a college town in the United States, I see
weekends consumed by...well...consumption. It is a long and honored
tradition that alcohol and academia go together, I suppose. Did it start
with monks pouring over their manuscripts??
It doesn't have as much to do with culture as environment at times. Even
the best of us get caught up in roaming from bar to bar when our friends
go. However, many of them claim to be Irish. It's a badge of honor to
claim to be Irish, then consume as much as you want. Validation for their
personal drinking habits, I'm afraid. So the myth (?) carries over to
this country that Irish consume more alcohol than anyone else. What can
we do to dispell it?
Jennifer L. Gilbert Department of History
Library Manager Bowling Green State University
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