Apparently the North Wales police force recently pulled off a sting by
"hir[ing] a troupe of actors to impersonate drunks." The idea was to
see if bartenders would at some point deny them alcohol, deciding
they'd had enough. It didn't happen.
This leads fellow "thespian" Michael Simkins
to wonder, though: how convincing were these actors? "You may not be
able to spot a drunk that easily, but it sure is easy to spot a bad
impersonation of one." People seem to think acting drunk is easy as
pie--you just "slur your words, put lampshades on your head and launch
into your Jimmy Cagney impression." Not so. "The overarching concern of
serious drunks is to disguise the fact. ... Far from staggering round
the place, their progress to and from the bar is conducted with all the
delicacy of Charles Blondin
crossing the Niagara Falls."
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