De­clan’s cock­tail of pas­sion and wit

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — Once again I find my­self im­pressed with De­clan Lynch’s writ­ing in the Sun­day In­de­pen­dent. And his piece last Sun­day defin­ing al­co­holism nails that sub­ject.

When one looks for a def­i­ni­tion of al­co­holism there are so many ef­forts at it, usu­ally be­gin­ning with, “this is dif­fi­cult to de­fine...” But De­clan keeps it sim­ple: if your life is ad­versely af­fected by drink­ing al­co­hol but you keep on do­ing it — then you have a prob­lem.

De­clan has al­ways been brave in his writ­ing, com­bin­ing pas­sion and wit very suc­cess­fully. In my own work as a psy­chother­a­pist, I have quoted some of De­clan’s ar­ti­cles to clients whose lives are ad­versely af­fected by al­co­hol and in­deed gam­bling. Thanks, De­clan. Keep up the good work.

Joe Hef­fer­nan, Bo­her­bue, Mal­low, Co Cork

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