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What Shall We Do With A Drunken Czech?

In Czechs on January 1, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka

As a kid learning English I remember a song called What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor. The song mentions several solutions but it does not include call an ambulance that will transport him into a detox that all taxpayers pay for and the drunken person only pays some overnight fee, or not.

The above is exactly what we saw happening last night. According to iDNES.cz news server, the detox beds in Prague were full by 6 p.m. December 31, i.e. six hours before midnight. Furthermore, most injuries that paramedics had to deal with were head injuries of people who tripped and fell while intoxicated. And there were several cases of alcohol poisoning.

In other words, people whose job is to save lives [which I think should mean lives of those whose lives have to be saved] had to deal with irresponsible idiots whose idea of celebrating the New Year is to get wasted in public.

What shall we do with a drunken Czech on the night of December 31? Leave him [yeah, mostly it is him] where he is. He did not need help to get drunk and wasted, and he did not care for advice on how to be careful when drinking and celebrating, why would he need help now? He might freeze to death, you say? Possibly. But more likely not…last night it was 2 degrees Celsius in Brno.

Let’s remind the fact that as of today Czechs will pay various fees for medical services…see one of previous posts below. So the responsibility for one’s health and medical records is a huge issue now. It is not the best way to start– by getting drunk and seeking professional assistance from people who should be helping the unfortunate ones. Not the stupid ones

Ironically, the said song includes the verse Put him in bed with the captain’s daughter. I never understood the meaning of this verse because a girl would be stupid to have sex with a drunken guy when she can have a dozen of other just-as-horny and sober sailors. 

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