CELEBRITY gardener Diarmuid Gavin says Ireland is the hardest place in the world to ditch the booze.

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The Dubliner, 53, quit drinking after the birth of beloved daughter Eppie in December 2004.

Speaking on RTE’s Cutting Edge, Diarmuid said: “I lived in London for ten years, had a ball, but then I became a parent and decided ‘Well this is a different life’.

“With the family, I wanted to be present in every moment.

“It doesn’t mean you are going to be a great dad but just that you are going to be there and fully aware, and you’d wake up on a Saturday morning fresh – fresh for whatever, but fresh.”

Apart from the occassional glass of wine, Diarmuid has stayed teetotal for almost 14 years.

Nevertheless, he said it’s been a difficult task to socialise as a non-drinker in Ireland.

Everything changes and initially everything is awful, and of course you become a bore with everybody,” he said.

“You stop socialising”.

‘ARSEWAYS’

Dr Ciara Kelly, who also appeared on the show, agreed that non-drinkers endure social stigma in Ireland.

She told host Brendan O’Connor: “Ireland is the only country where we refer to teetotallers as ‘probably an alcoholic’ whereas we refer to heavy drinkers as ‘ah he likes a drink’.

“It’s the lads who don’t drink rather than the lads who sink pints who we refer as alcoholics.

“And we don’t trust them. It’s really hard to socialise in Ireland as a non-drinker.

“We have it all arseways, it’s totally backwards to what it should be.”

Dr Kelly admitted to enjoying a glass of wine or two, but added that she always tries to drink “mindfully”.

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Article courtesy of Irish Post.

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