Irish Boozing – The Worst Generation Yet?
November 22, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

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Ireland has a very strange relationship with the drink. Have you ever seen the portrayal of the Irish in any foreign production that hasn’t involved pure alcoholism? Two of our most famous exports are Jameson whiskey and Guinness stout which doesn’t help the stereotyping. The Simpsons is a prime example of how the Irish are viewed around the world when it comes to alcohol. But have we gone too far? Is the latest generation the most reckless yet? In short, the answer is no however there are some interesting reasons why.

 Irish Boozing - If you didn’t drink, did you even go out?

Many would argue this and of course they are well within their right to. However, there are a number of factors that back up this argument and show that the latest generation, as flawed and all as we are, have not been quite as taken by the drink as those who have gone before us. Here are three main reasons for this.

1. Gym Numbers

The first reason is the gym. The absolute craze that has come about with appearance and ‘strong is the new skinny’ means that more people are worried about looking good and feeling good than partying. There is a massive number of gyms and fitness classes around the country because the demand is there for them. Just look at your social media feeds any day or night and we’re sure someone you know has recently become a personal trainer or fitness guru or at the very least posted an #eatclean meal snap.

2. The ‘Drink Ban’

The second reason is one that hits home for many people around Ireland. It is known around the country as the ‘drink ban’. Those poor souls who must drag themselves out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning in the middle of winter to go and play sports have been deprived of the chance to go wild the night before because sports are far more serious than they were in years gone past. You often hear the older gentlemen sitting on bar stools going on about such and such a lad who could have been a great hurler or footballer if he’d stayed off the drink but what they don’t factor in is that ‘such and such a lad’ was being forced to do five training sessions a week and dump any hopes of a social life just to play senior for his club. In recent years the GAA has even run initiatives like ‘Off the Booze & On the Ball’ where they encourage young players to participate and earn the right to raise money for their club by effectively staying off the drink.

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3. Rising Drug Culture

The third and final reason (we did mention this generation is still flawed) is drugs. Some people like football, others like hurling. This is the same in that some people like drinking and others enjoy smoking marijuana or taking other forms of drugs such as pills and powders. And some of these people are happy to do just that without partaking in any drinking. Drugs aren’t as voodoo as they once were, particularly the ones that have been legalised in other places so the taboo nature of them isn’t as strong with young people today. Recreational use is strong in Ireland, we at thesharpe.com aren’t condoning this but lets face reality, if you go to any student house in the country you are sure to see a few examples.

Because of those reasons, we can see that the current generation are moving from the drink and into other things but as with everything, those reasons mentioned have their phases before the next thing comes along and who knows, that next thing might just be the party life making it’s comeback.

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Irish Boozing – The Worst Generation Yet?
November 22, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

irish-yoga-with-alcohol

Ireland has a very strange relationship with the drink. Have you ever seen the portrayal of the Irish in any foreign production that hasn’t involved pure alcoholism? Two of our most famous exports are Jameson whiskey and Guinness stout which doesn’t help the stereotyping. The Simpsons is a prime example of how the Irish are viewed around the world when it comes to alcohol. But have we gone too far? Is the latest generation the most reckless yet? In short, the answer is no however there are some interesting reasons why.

 Irish Boozing - If you didn’t drink, did you even go out?

Many would argue this and of course they are well within their right to. However, there are a number of factors that back up this argument and show that the latest generation, as flawed and all as we are, have not been quite as taken by the drink as those who have gone before us. Here are three main reasons for this.

1. Gym Numbers

The first reason is the gym. The absolute craze that has come about with appearance and ‘strong is the new skinny’ means that more people are worried about looking good and feeling good than partying. There is a massive number of gyms and fitness classes around the country because the demand is there for them. Just look at your social media feeds any day or night and we’re sure someone you know has recently become a personal trainer or fitness guru or at the very least posted an #eatclean meal snap.

2. The ‘Drink Ban’

The second reason is one that hits home for many people around Ireland. It is known around the country as the ‘drink ban’. Those poor souls who must drag themselves out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning in the middle of winter to go and play sports have been deprived of the chance to go wild the night before because sports are far more serious than they were in years gone past. You often hear the older gentlemen sitting on bar stools going on about such and such a lad who could have been a great hurler or footballer if he’d stayed off the drink but what they don’t factor in is that ‘such and such a lad’ was being forced to do five training sessions a week and dump any hopes of a social life just to play senior for his club. In recent years the GAA has even run initiatives like ‘Off the Booze & On the Ball’ where they encourage young players to participate and earn the right to raise money for their club by effectively staying off the drink.

off-booze-on-ball

3. Rising Drug Culture

The third and final reason (we did mention this generation is still flawed) is drugs. Some people like football, others like hurling. This is the same in that some people like drinking and others enjoy smoking marijuana or taking other forms of drugs such as pills and powders. And some of these people are happy to do just that without partaking in any drinking. Drugs aren’t as voodoo as they once were, particularly the ones that have been legalised in other places so the taboo nature of them isn’t as strong with young people today. Recreational use is strong in Ireland, we at thesharpe.com aren’t condoning this but lets face reality, if you go to any student house in the country you are sure to see a few examples.

Because of those reasons, we can see that the current generation are moving from the drink and into other things but as with everything, those reasons mentioned have their phases before the next thing comes along and who knows, that next thing might just be the party life making it’s comeback.

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