Jennifer O’Connell: Second-hand drinking? We call it ‘craic’

If you’ve been groped by a drunken stranger in a bar, you’ve experienced second-hand drinking

We’ve been talking about the effects of second-hand smoking for nearly half a century. It’s time we started a conversation about second-hand drinking. Photograph: iStock

We’ve been talking about the effects of second-hand smoking for nearly half a century. It’s time we started a conversation about second-hand drinking. Photograph: iStock

The letter writer was annoyed. She was from the United States, and now living in Kinsale. She was writing to The Irish Times to raise the issue of the “much neglected aspect of the harm inflicted on innocent bystanders” by cigarette smoke.

Smoking, she informed readers, was banned in hospital waiting rooms in the US. Not only that, she added archly, “my husband and I ask our friends (all reasonable people) not to smoke in our house”.

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