Alcohol as a factor in unpremeditated, 'random' violence

Via RTÉ Radio 1 …

Lives ‘ripped apart’ after father killed in assault

“The family of a man who was killed after he tried to intervene in a “domestic” dispute between another man and his partner have said they cannot forget or forgive his killer.

Jonathan Dargan, 49, punched Patrick Mullally in the face at around 4am on Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin, on 6 March 2016

His defence counsel said alcohol was a factor, and that he had drank cocktails and driven drunk that night.

Mr Mullally, 56, had been out celebrating his retirement with family and friends when a cyclist told him he had seen a man acting aggressively towards a woman on Harold’s Cross Road. READ HERE >>>

Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, discusses the case >>>

New Life – A Short Story By Jacqui Gregory

From Soberista’s website, a story about an alcoholic grandmother minding her daughter’s child: “They had never really talked about Eleanor’s penchant for gin, but the arrival of her first grandchild had put it on the unwritten agenda.” > https://soberistas.com/news/lifestyle/new-life-a-short-story-by-jacqui-gregory

Questions arose … Would she be able to stay awake for a full day while in charge of the baby?  Would she have the energy and patience to cope? Was she a daytime drinker? How bad was her hangover from the half bottle or so that she downed last night? Maybe she was still drunk? What would happen if she blacked out when the baby needed her? Could there be some kind of terrifying accident? 

From ‘Dream Song 366’ by John Berryman

Chilled in this Irish pub I wish my loves
well, well to strangers, well to all his friends,
seven or so in number,
I forgive my enemies, especially two,
races his heart, as so much magnanimity,
can it all be true?

Mr Bones, you on a trip outside yourself.
Has you seen a medicine man? You sound will-like,
a testament & such.
Is you going? …