City folk-rockers pen cautionary single on perils of Christmas boozing

LONDONDERRY folk-pop troubadours Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchildadas are releasing a new single ‘Can’t Say No’ on December 5, 2012 to encourage people not to let alcohol spoil Christmas for themselves or their family.

The song tells the story of a guy who prioritises drink over spending time at home. He then wakes up to the realisation that Christmas is just around the corner and there’s not much in for the children and there is not much money left either.

Joanne Smith, manager of the Drink Think project, which encourages responsible drinking in Londonderry, said: “We want people to enjoy all that’s good and great about the festive period and to prioritise friends and family over alcohol.

“Alcohol may well be a part of their celebrations, but it just shouldn’t be the primary focus for people. Paddy and the Band are fantastic at conveying a message in a way that people can relate to so it was a pleasure to team up with them on this.”

Singer/songwriter Paddy Nash stated: “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic campaign. We were well aware of the great work being done already by the Drink Think team and are proud to be part of it in a small way.

“We hope the song will get you dancing, get you singing along and most of all get you thinking.”

Over the party season there will be plenty of opportunity to indulge in food and drink - the trick is to enjoy everything in moderation.

This time of year can be a time to spend quality time with family and friends, don’t let alcohol spoil it.

The song and accompanying video will be available for download through the Drink Think Website and Youtube from December 5.

Performances of the song will take place during the Christmas market from 6-8pm on December 12 and at 6.30pm on December 13 and Drink Think staff will be on board to chat to people about any questions or concerns they might have.

For more information on sensible drinking or to find out where to find help log onto or phone 02871363925.