Joanne Harris, in Five Quarters of the Orange:
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“Drunkenness, she told us… is a sin against the fruit, the tree, the wine itself.
The thought stayed with me.
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“But at 4.30 the beer-swilling competition starts at every pub. And there’s a contest to see who can down the most in the time. Believing in the rights of the individual, I never did believe in prohibition, but the evening guzzle round the pubs is a pretty sickening sight, leads to an awful lot of drunkenness, which wouldn’t exist save for that evening swill in a hurry.”