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Jane Bates: The perils of alcohol

As she braces herself for Dry January, Jane Bates reflects on the ‘good old days’, when alcohol was nasty medicine to be avoided at all costs. 
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As she embraces Dry January, Jane Bates reflects on the ‘good old days’, when alcohol was a nasty medicine to be avoided at all costs

Listening to some of the older generation reminisce about the good old days, I was transported back to my childhood and a vow I made that when I grew up, alcohol would never sully my lips.

It’s kind of ironic. Like so many of us, I am embracing Dry January, aware that too much was imbibed over the festive season. But it was different when I was young.

Do you remember – said one elderly patient – when we used to take a red hot poker from the fire and put into a bottle of stout, to boost our iron intake? I listened, aghast, but later

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