1. You were a proud Guinness drinker at the tender age of 7!
It’s 1997, in the Midlands of Ireland. Your mother tucks her brand-new Dunnes Stores Value Club Card into her purse while your father loads the trolley with the week’s shopping. After the shopping you always go to Spollen’s pub — Mam wants a coffee and a chat, Dad wants a Guinness, and you and the rest of the boys want to watch the football because you don’t have the channel at home. It’s your Saturday ritual and to you, you are the typical Irish family. Inhaling the smoke-filled air, you anticipate your Dad’s pint more than he does. When it’s laid out in front of him, your eyes transfix on the glass and like pigs at a trough you go straight for the “cream.” You’re allowed that, and that’s how you started drinking in Ireland.