According to Corey Chimko, an independent researcher of folklore and mythical beings, the little Irish troublemakers were blamed for peoples drunken behavior for centuries.
Leprechauns were often blamed for riding animals in a drunken stupor, stealing wine from peoples homes, and breaking furniture and bottles.
Chimko says, People would chalk up their bad behavior to some external force, like leprechauns, but nowadays no one could blame leprechauns for their drunkenness without looking crazy.
Chimko advises partiers on St. Paddys Day to find a better excuse than blaming leprechauns for their own inebriated exploits.
Still, leprechauns may be partially at fault for the Irish holiday drinking binge since they too partied pretty hard in their heyday.
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