16 October 2006

Bingette Drinking

As a dad of daughters and one who himself gazes too oft at wine when it is red, I worry about the trend of young ladies indulging in binge drinking that makes my salad day excesses look like a model of temperance.

Disturbing, therefore, to read the Torygraph article that,

"Instead of being told that they must accept responsibility for putting themselves at risk by getting insensibly inebriated, young women are to be shielded from the consequences of their own recklessness.

This is what counts as a solution to the problem of female "binge drinking".

Drunkenness of a degree and a regularity that would have had you classed as having a psychiatric problem in the United States [was] considered to be a sign of clubbable acceptability."

Clearly a topical topic, for see the excellent comment from Mr ZW.

4 comments :

zachworks said...

From somewhere, I'm remembering a fictional conversation where the rookie boozer says to the rummy, "so do you guys go on a bender like this often?" The rummy responds, "this isn't a bender. This is just night time."

I'd love to remember where I heard that, because I'm sure I'm not clever enough to think of it myself.

But on the subject, after seeing my still-underage sister sneak into a club in Vegas and proceed to get smashed on little vials of anonymous blue liquid and shrug off any stigma of public drunkeness, I'm convinced we are doomed. Or I'm just getting too old.

It's even worse with some of the rookie boys who show up at my regular watering hole on a Friday night. They slam beers and rancid shots of liquors that God never intended to go together, and look for trouble. And as I discovered, the beefier of the frat boys drinking on Capitol Hill don't like to be told, "sit down, Skippy."

Busker said...

"Sit down, Skippy." Heh heh. I wonder what that would be in Greek. As the tourist season coasts down, the regulars are returning to the bars along the port and a darkly scowling lot they are.

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