Can’t Cope Won’t Cope Aisling and Danielle in trouble

Can’t Cope Won’t Cope is the new Irish comedy drama from RTE2. It features 2 Cork girls, Aisling who works in finance and mature art college  student   Danielle. The girls hit the town on a regular basis to block all their problems  out.

The first Can’t Cope Won’t Cope episode has events many of us will be familiar with.


Aisling vomits on her blouse

Aisling is hung over when her dislikeable boss (wow Amy Huberman) puts her under pressure to do better and Aisling ends up vomiting in the toilet and over her blouse.

The following night she deserts her friend Danielle for a one night stand and has unprotected and unenjoyable  sex in what turns out to be the house of her boss.

She ends up in the chemist (again) for the morning after pill but tells the chemist she won’t go on the pill or use condoms because she only goes out with

“nice clean boys who have jobs and she’s not that kind of girl who sleeps around”


Danielle is told her work has no meaning

Meantime Danielle is struggling. Her tutor says her art work has no personality. Danielle has talent, but because she does not know what she wants her art work to mean she’s struggling. Is alcohol stopping her from really using her talent?

Initially, the girls appeared to me to be very unlikeable. But then in Coppers, you see them rescuing a young Asian man from humiliation because they don’t like bullies. Although the girls are funny and  witty,  overall I found it sad. You know the girls are heading for a train wreck.


Aisling and Danielle are typical problem drinkers

In Can’t Cope Won’t Cope, Aisling and Danielle  show  the most common kind of person with an alcohol problem. Not a homeless person drinking from a brown paper bag, shouting abuse at passer’s by, but intelligent, working, kind, people just like you and me.


Maybe my teenagers will be ok after all

What’s interesting on the twitter chat  ( #cantcopewontcope)  is how many people did n’t see  the alcohol abuse problem.

 “Surprisingly accurate when it comes to non-Dubliners living in the city in their 20s”

“20something flashback! Maybe my teenagers will be grand after all”

Yeah, if they don’t get liver disease, which has tripled in recent years!  (Click here for more details)

The odd critical comment was

“Well that was shit. Just about Irish women being brats, drunk and rough”


Let’s ignore our alcohol abuse problem

So far there’s been very little Twitter debate on our alcohol abuse problem. The fact that over half of us who drink, abuse alcohol. In the  programme most of the main characters drink heavily. Apart from one person who is seen as boring as she bounces up and down on her bouncy office desk seat!

drinking socially


I’m not  surprised.This weekend the Irish Hospital Consultants association call for 6 extra hospitals to be provided.  Not a  mention of the fact that we have the equivalent of nearly two Cork University Hospitals occupied every single  night by people with an alcohol abuse problem.

There are some rare notable  exceptions. For example, Cork medical consultant Dr Orla Crosbie who features in our video.  However in general, medics seems to ignore alcohol abuse. They don’t offer help to people- even when they end up in the hospital emergency department as Lucy writes here.

Check out this Medical Independent Article shown below which shows doctor’s casual attitudes to drink.

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Of the 1.5 million people who abuse alcohol only 8,000 people actually receive help according to official records. No mention that alcohol abuse is one of the biggest drivers of  cost in the healthcare system.

Next time, you’re waiting with a loved one on a hospital trolley, remember  you would not have to wait if we took alcohol abuse seriously and provided effective help.

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Can’t Cope Won’t Cope shows we live in an alcogenic society

We live in what the experts call an “alcogenic” society. A society which values and praises alcohol. Allowing us to be surrounded by alcohol marketing and then dismissing those who run into trouble as if  it’s their own fault.

So if you’re feeling cut off and isolated because you have an alcohol drink problem, remember you’re not alone. Click here to find out how we can help you (no personal details or credit card needed).

You can catch up on past episodes of Can’t Cope Won’t Cope here and it continues on RTE at 9.30 Monday evenings.

This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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