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Why do the Irish drink so much? Dr Drew explains*

*At least, he explains what HE thinks.

Source: amandabhslater

DR DREW IS a US radio and TV personality, known for his pop-psychiatry analyses of callers’ problems.

On a recent podcast, one gentleman called in to ask why his girlfriend’s family – who are Irish – like to drink so much.

Dr Drew was right on hand with a theory about Irish history.

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If you don’t want to listen to the whole audio, basically it goes like this: the Irish were subjected to colonialism and genocide, and they got addicted to extreme situations, and now they can’t handle peacetime at all at all.

I’m of the opinion that the addiction gene, the alcoholism gene, is actually human evolution over time. It emerges in isolated populations [...] This gene emerges where people can really survive in adversity. And that’s alcoholism… they make great race car drivers, great military officers, great fighter pilots, great short stops. In extreme circumstances they’re at their best [...] When they’re quiet they’re miserable.

Any thoughts?

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