Earlier today a friend and my self were talking about John Healy and The Grass Arena.
The film version of the book is available online.
The description given on the You tube video pretty much sums the whole thing up.
The Grass Arena is the true story of John Healy. Raised in an ultra religious family, with an abusive father, young Johnny soon learns that he has to learn to defend himself. He takes up boxing, but soon falls victim to alcoholism. His boxing career over, John takes to the Grass Arena (the park) where he lives with other alcoholics.
In 2013 a documentary was made bringing John Healy`s story up to date. The documentary was called “Barbaric Genius.”
All in all, it is a very grim reminder about the danger of alcohol.
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.