Christine Gaherty

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Drinking Age: Do Older People Drink More Than Younger People?

For as long as I can remember, I have reached for a glass of wine when I wanted to relax. No, I’ve never made a habit of three-martini lunches -- and I certainly don’t drive after drinking. But plenty of my social rituals -- everything from book clubs to block parties to progressive dinners -- …

In Praise of the Nightcap

One more drink tonight? One more drink tonight.<p><i>Published in the Esquire's Fall 2013 Big Black Book</i><p><b>It's been a long evening.</b> You've already had a preprandial cocktail, three glasses of tempranillo, an espresso, maybe even an old Armagnac or a splash of the malt. You could go home. But the company is …


I'm Not Just Norm

It was customary among Chicago Irish Catholics in the 1950s to use children as beer caddies. Take my wife, Bernadette: when her grandfather’s love …