The first shall be last, and the last… shall be first

9 February 2006

Do you ever come across something and suddenly realise that this is exactly what the phrase “what the fuck” was made for?

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usToday Guinness are testing out their brand spanking new idea[1] which is to release a version of the pint with a lower alcohol content. Fair enough, I don’t drink Guinness so I don’t really care. But then I read some of the reactions in the Irish Indo[2] .

before I quote these wonderful people of Limerick let me just share some links with you: Eight people killed on roads in little over 24 hours (subs) ; Drive and Stay Alive (I won’t comment on the “Southern Ireland” aspect) ; Road Beaths – Behaviour of Drivers must be altered ; On Endless Road safety Reports, und so weiter.

I’m guessing you didn’t click did you? You did get the message though, that road safety is a big issue at the moment in Ireland. So, can you guess what the low-alcohol-Guinness-testers said:

“If I am driving, the drink I would have is a glass of Guinness so having this lower alcohol option is really good for someone like me … I don’t drive but I would certainly be more comfortable getting into a car with someone who has had a glass of this new Guiness than someone on the regular brew.”

Now I’m well aware that one drink will not put the majority of people over the limit, but honestly.


  1. it failed the last time they tried it
  2. can’t find the article online so cant be bothered to link

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3 Responses

  1. NineMoons says:

    Well, I don't drive either but I think it would be easier to drink nothing if you're goign to drive. Then you don't have to worry about slowed reaction times etc. Even if you aren't technically breaking the law because you only had one drink, you are still far more likely to have an accident.

    Having said that, I think the lower alcohol Guinness thing is a good idea. But not as a "now you can drink more and drive" thing. And assuming it tastes good.

  2. anne says:

    Same thing for everything "light" or "diet" or "Valentine's Day Special" – if it's pseudo good, then you can have more. Until you die. Or vomit…

  3. Fence says:

    I was just wondering about the rational behind planning to drink and drive. Insanity.

    Death by vomitisation, yuck.