I did mean to write something on this, swear just time is not my friend today. Suffice to say I’ve been sober through Jay-Z on Thursday, Morrissey on Saturday, meeting the bloggerettes yesterday and the Euro 2008 final and will be til Midnight on Wednesday…
Meant to write something but instead here’s the press release RTE sent out instead…
LOSE THE BOOZE – THE RICK O’SHEA SHOW CHALLENGE ON RTÉ 2FM:
Can listeners, to his RTÉ 2fm afternoon show (weekdays 2 – 5pm), give up alcohol for one full week…and survive! Starting today (Thurs 26 June) Rick asked listeners to ‘try the dry’ ….hundreds said yes…but will they see it through!
It all began after Rick gave the stats…Irish people spend more, of their household budget, on alcohol than anybody else in any of the other 27 EU member states. Three and a half times more! 4.1% compared to 1.4% in the UK….1% for Germany and less than that again for Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Based on this Rick conducted a mini-survey asking listeners how much alcohol…if any… they’d consumed in the previous seven days. The results were a bit scary!!!
One guy…28 year old Gareth… said he drank ‘about 60 pints…35 vodkas…and god knows how many shots’ and last weekend, 22 year old Brenda, claimed she drank ’24 bottles of corona, three bottles of white wine, two jaeger bombs, three shots of sambuca and one mickey finn’!!!
Listeners admitted they ‘probably’ drank too much…and said they definitely spent too much but blamed the booze based social scene.
It was then Rick set the challenge….could they Lose the Booze’ for one full week. He agreed to do it if enough listeners would join him…and they did! Including 25 year old Colm who spends, between beer and clubbing approximately 2000euro a month. He said he’s locking himself indoors to avoid temptation. 20 year old college student Helen reckons half her income goes on drink and she’d save a fortune…or at least be able to afford a new car exhaust…if she cut down.
The ‘Lose the Booze’ Challenge continues until midnight next Wednesday (2 July) on RTÉ 2fm