I’d like you to meet a man of courage*

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 8, 2009

Category: Consume!, Updates

This entry was posted on
Friday, May 8th, 2009
2:42 pm and is filed
under Consume!, Updates.

Stuff me and my selfishness; I was too caught up in my own shit to fully appreciate what poons has been going through, so please excuse me while I take care of a Bit of Necessary:

“Hi my name is poons and I am an alcoholic.”

Well, my name is Tim Ireland… and I too am an alcoholic.

I haven’t touched a drop for almost a year now – essentially since discovering the magic and purity of the word/concept ‘zero’… but I was a relative lightweight in the field, I had the luxury of looking into somebody else’s abyss, and I didn’t have the balls to blog the process.

Poons, you’re a bloody champ. I applaud you.

COMING SOON: Some stores and pubs are great about stocking decent 0% beer, but others not so much. I say it’s time the non-drinking beer drinkers had more choice than Becks or that goats-piss they call ‘Kaliber’ and I’m prepared to campaign for the privilege. For the record, there are two excellent and affordable options generally available; Bavaria 0.0% and my personal favourite, Cobra Zero. Both of these are stocked by major chains Sainsbury’s and Tesco, who have (I have noticed) slowly surrendered an increasing amount of valuable real estate to their range of non alcoholic beers. Non-alcoholic wine, however, is another matter, but I need to research some products more before pushing for anything.

(*That’s an easy pun for the taking, but you might want to leave it for the next guy.)

UPDATE – I’ve been meaning to post this picture of my local off-licence for a while now, too:


Sorry about that, Threshers.


  1. poons says

    Cheers Tim for the kind words and linky goodness – not too sure what you meant about Benjamin Franklin tho!

  2. Manic says

    I was telling you to go fly a kite./jokeI was talking about 'early to bed and early to rise' and all that. Having a routine really helped me through the early stages.Best of luck, mate. Anything you need, you know the address.

  3. Sim-O says

    You did blog it, Tim. Just not as blatantly.Well done.Poons: You can do it, a bit at a time.

  4. Richard Bach says

    Dear oh dear. I am 2.5 years teetotal. My favourite is Becks Blue but I have to admit to not liking either Cobra or Bavarian. I guess we're all different. Anyone know what Mark Collett is getting so scared about in the video you link to at the top of your blog?

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