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(BBC)   Why aren't young people interested in drinking? Because they've all seen their parents blitzed too many times: "It was the sight of intoxicated older people that helped put Liam off drinking for life"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 77
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2014-01-09 09:30:49 AM  
Yeah... I just toured a bunch of our international partner unis in the UK and all of you can rest assured that UK young people drink like fish.
 
2014-01-09 09:43:56 AM  

bronyaur1: Yeah... I just toured a bunch of our international partner unis in the UK and all of you can rest assured that UK young people drink like fish.


But you're a Farker, so you drink. If you go to a pub to drink you're going to see a lot of people drinking. That doesn't mean everyone is drinking.
 
2014-01-09 10:15:49 AM  
They're all on The Pot!

/who am I to wave my finger
 
2014-01-09 10:17:11 AM  
Good. Drive demand down so I can get pissed cheaper.
 
2014-01-09 10:18:40 AM  
I recently cut back on drinking, mostly to get rid of the gut, but partly because I'm getting bored of it.

/old
 
2014-01-09 10:18:44 AM  
I haven't noticed young people not drinking. Then again, I live in Wisconsin
 
2014-01-09 10:19:27 AM  
Yer *hic* welcome!
 
2014-01-09 10:19:35 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: They're all on The Pot!

/who am I to wave my finger


You must've been out your head
 
2014-01-09 10:20:10 AM  

Slaxl: bronyaur1: Yeah... I just toured a bunch of our international partner unis in the UK and all of you can rest assured that UK young people drink like fish.

But you're a Farker, so you drink. If you go to a pub to drink you're going to see a lot of people drinking. That doesn't mean everyone is drinking.


I have yet to meet someone from the UK who didn't like to throw a few back, and that sample set is not small.
 
2014-01-09 10:20:34 AM  
I remember "straight-edge" dorks at punk shows in the mid 90s.  The more militant ones would pick fights with people who had a drink in their hand.

It was like suburban Saudi Arabia.
 
2014-01-09 10:21:03 AM  

H31N0US: I recently cut back on drinking, mostly to get rid of the gut, but partly because I'm getting bored of it.

/old


Same here. Drinking's fun, though, and I hope today's young people don't lose sight of that.
 
2014-01-09 10:21:53 AM  
It was my older brother that did it for me. He was a senior when I was a freshman, and every Monday at school I heard, "Dude, your bro is like, so crazy, man! Friday night he, like, chugged a keg bro!" What I remember from that is him coming home at 3am, vomiting on the kitchen floor and falling down the basement stairs. So I never drank in high school. Seemed like more trouble than it was worth.

Then I joined the Army and became a regular little black-out drunk for about 5 years. Good times!
 
2014-01-09 10:22:15 AM  
I used to drink a lot. I still do, but I used to also.
 
2014-01-09 10:22:32 AM  
I'd agree that the best argument against drinking is drunk people.  I farking hate drunk people.  Loud, obnoxious, over-emotional, stumbling, irresponsible assholes. Do you have to drink to get drunk?  No, no you don't.  Drinking can be quite fun without losing your friends over your embarrassing lack of self-restraint.  But you wouldn't know it with all the pissed faced, puking idiots everywhere that serves alcohol.
 
2014-01-09 10:23:44 AM  
I've got good beer, shiatty beer, and rum in my fridge right now.

/for every alcoholic beverage you dont drink, I'll drink 3.
 
2014-01-09 10:26:06 AM  
From you alright, I learned it by watching you.
 
2014-01-09 10:26:46 AM  

Sybarite: I used to drink a lot. I still do, but I used to also.


I don't drink any more.  I don't drink any less either.
 
2014-01-09 10:27:27 AM  
My husband doesn't drink.  Doesn't feel any strong objection to it, just "isn't interested".  Thus I have a lifetime DD.  WIN!

I know a few other people my age (late 20's early 30's) who are the same.  I personally was never interested in getting drunk and disliked the few times I have been drunk so I don't drink very much.  Seeing my friends get wasted annoyed me and I never want to be the drunk chick making a fool of herself.
 
2014-01-09 10:28:39 AM  

gadian: I'd agree that the best argument against drinking is drunk people.  I farking hate drunk people.  Loud, obnoxious, over-emotional, stumbling, irresponsible assholes. Do you have to drink to get drunk?  No, no you don't.  Drinking can be quite fun without losing your friends over your embarrassing lack of self-restraint.  But you wouldn't know it with all the pissed faced, puking idiots everywhere that serves alcohol.


This. Drinking isn't the problem. Binge drinking and abject intoxication is the problem.
 
2014-01-09 10:28:46 AM  
This is certainly the case with me.   My father was a high functioning alky.   He went to work everyday, and paid the bills, but when he was home, we was always drunk.  Not very many fun family outings while growing up with my family.  Staying home when my father was home wasn't very much fun either.  Some of my friends had it worse, parents who were so farked up they couldn't function at all.  I drink very little, and same goes for my friends who grew up with alky parents.
 
2014-01-09 10:29:20 AM  
I know the article is from England, but my theory here is youngsters are afraid of the Draconian penalties for underage drinking.  When I was a kid the worst that would happen is a simple ticket no-one cared about, but often the result of getting caught was confiscation of one's fake I.D. and a boot out the door.

Now it's practically the same punishment and hand wringing as if a kid got caught playing a real life Dexter.

Kudos to many kids for being mature about their futures, but boooo on society for making a mountain out of a molehill.
 
2014-01-09 10:31:13 AM  
Show 'em some old people having sex.
 
2014-01-09 10:32:49 AM  

fickenchucker: I know the article is from England, but my theory here is youngsters are afraid of the Draconian penalties for underage drinking.  When I was a kid the worst that would happen is a simple ticket no-one cared about, but often the result of getting caught was confiscation of one's fake I.D. and a boot out the door.

Now it's practically the same punishment and hand wringing as if a kid got caught playing a real life Dexter.

Kudos to many kids for being mature about their futures, but boooo on society for making a mountain out of a molehill.


Have things really gone that strict that quickly? When I was in college (all of 5 years ago), it was a $300-400 ticket. That's not chump change by any means, but the punishment was always community service and a diversion. You gave them the cash and spent some time picking up trash, and your record stayed clean.

Now a fake ID was another ticket, usually one that they didn't accept diversions on, but that's another story.
 
2014-01-09 10:33:07 AM  

KeatingFive: Show 'em some old people having sex.


==============

You can as much as that on the as you care to see.  Just Google, "GILF".  Still not as disgusting as seeing old people falling down drunk.
 
2014-01-09 10:33:56 AM  
Old...

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Current Favorite...

www.thcfarmer.com
(photo courtesy of ftwendy at thcfarmer.com)
 
2014-01-09 10:34:37 AM  

Sybarite: I used to drink a lot. I still do, but I used to also.


yup.typepad.com
 
2014-01-09 10:37:48 AM  
Precisely why I have never found any interest in drinking, in addition to living 60 miles from high school and making the option rather unavailable for those years.
 
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2014-01-09 10:38:33 AM  
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2014-01-09 10:39:27 AM  

bronyaur1: Yeah... I just toured a bunch of our international partner unis in the UK and all of you can rest assured that UK young people drink like fish.


I've traveled a little bit, and through all of my trips the UK was the one place where I was like, "Man, these people like to get farked up!"

Of course, I haven't been to Russia.

Yet.
 
2014-01-09 10:40:12 AM  
This is easy to explain. Teenagers have no clue about the reality of life. When they hit middle age, they understand how things really work. At that point, it's either hit the sauce or go on a killing spree.
 
2014-01-09 10:40:59 AM  

Fissile: KeatingFive: Show 'em some old people having sex.

==============

You can as much as that on the as you care to see.  Just Google, "GILF".  Still not as disgusting as seeing old people falling down drunk.


Anyone falling down drunk is the same, young or old.

/You sound 17
 
2014-01-09 10:44:03 AM  

redmid17: Slaxl: bronyaur1: Yeah... I just toured a bunch of our international partner unis in the UK and all of you can rest assured that UK young people drink like fish.

But you're a Farker, so you drink. If you go to a pub to drink you're going to see a lot of people drinking. That doesn't mean everyone is drinking.

I have yet to meet someone from the UK who didn't like to throw a few back, and that sample set is not small.


Of course, but you're meeting people from my generation or older, not this new generation the article says isn't interested in drinking.
 
2014-01-09 10:46:32 AM  

Slaxl: redmid17: Slaxl: bronyaur1: Yeah... I just toured a bunch of our international partner unis in the UK and all of you can rest assured that UK young people drink like fish.

But you're a Farker, so you drink. If you go to a pub to drink you're going to see a lot of people drinking. That doesn't mean everyone is drinking.

I have yet to meet someone from the UK who didn't like to throw a few back, and that sample set is not small.

Of course, but you're meeting people from my generation or older, not this new generation the article says isn't interested in drinking.


I'

Slaxl: redmid17: Slaxl: bronyaur1: Yeah... I just toured a bunch of our international partner unis in the UK and all of you can rest assured that UK young people drink like fish.

But you're a Farker, so you drink. If you go to a pub to drink you're going to see a lot of people drinking. That doesn't mean everyone is drinking.

I have yet to meet someone from the UK who didn't like to throw a few back, and that sample set is not small.

Of course, but you're meeting people from my generation or older, not this new generation the article says isn't interested in drinking.


I'm 27 in the same generation as most of the people described in this article.
 
2014-01-09 10:46:41 AM  

H31N0US: I recently cut back on drinking, mostly to get rid of the gut, but partly because I'm getting bored of it.

/old


Ditto. Just turned 40 yesterday. The wifey bought me a twelver of my favorite beer. I drank one to be polite, but I haven't had a drink in 4 days other than that. Quit smoking cold turkey Sunday, as well.
 
2014-01-09 10:47:22 AM  
"It was the sight of intoxicated older people that helped put Liam off drinking for life"

Ironically it's the sight of a lot of younger people that makes the olders reach for
a drink in the first place.  Pull up your pants!
 
rka
2014-01-09 10:51:38 AM  

gadian: Do you have to drink to get drunk?  No, no you don't.


How else are you going to get drunk?
 
2014-01-09 10:53:57 AM  

I think drinking is fun:



2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-09 10:54:21 AM  

redmid17: fickenchucker: I know the article is from England, but my theory here is youngsters are afraid of the Draconian penalties for underage drinking.  When I was a kid the worst that would happen is a simple ticket no-one cared about, but often the result of getting caught was confiscation of one's fake I.D. and a boot out the door.

Now it's practically the same punishment and hand wringing as if a kid got caught playing a real life Dexter.

Kudos to many kids for being mature about their futures, but boooo on society for making a mountain out of a molehill.

Have things really gone that strict that quickly? When I was in college (all of 5 years ago), it was a $300-400 ticket. That's not chump change by any means, but the punishment was always community service and a diversion. You gave them the cash and spent some time picking up trash, and your record stayed clean.

Now a fake ID was another ticket, usually one that they didn't accept diversions on, but that's another story.


i don't think you get in trouble here (uk). well... you might with your parents but that's it

i suspect there's about as much truth to this report as there is to the ones yesterday and tomorrow about how binge drinking, miaow miaow and handjobs are rife among 12 year olds
 
2014-01-09 11:01:58 AM  
My folks both spent the better part of my childhood drunk--my mother was a high-functioning alcoholic that was at least 1-sheet to the wind at all times and my father would go on benders that would last for days. Nevertheless, I had a pretty good childhood and don't think that they were bad parents in the grand scheme of things. I drank in college and found myself getting a bit too good at it (it's in the genes) so I backed off afraid that I'd either be condemned to a life of being drunk or going to tiresome AA meetings (both my folks are sober, mom goes to AA AT LEAST once a day, which is almost worse than being drunk). My brother is a career alcoholic and drug addict who's spent most of his adult life in jail, I don't need that shiat, either.

So seeing my folks drunk all the time has indeed put me off drinking. I'm enough like my father without THAT particular part of the puzzle making my life hell.
 
2014-01-09 11:04:37 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: They're all on The Potpotted up!

/who am I to wave my finger


FTFY
 
2014-01-09 11:13:57 AM  
I've saved a ton of money by not drinking.  That's the primary reason I don't.  Also, most people are assholes when they are drunk and I don't want to be an asshole.
 
2014-01-09 11:20:08 AM  

machoprogrammer: I haven't noticed young people not drinking. Then again, I live in Wisconsin


Came to say this.

/live in Wisconsin
 
2014-01-09 11:23:00 AM  
That's why I very rarely drink, and never get drunk... thanks, Dad!
 
2014-01-09 11:31:08 AM  

tiamet4: My husband doesn't drink.  Doesn't feel any strong objection to it, just "isn't interested".  Thus I have a lifetime DD.  WIN!

I know a few other people my age (late 20's early 30's) who are the same.  I personally was never interested in getting drunk and disliked the few times I have been drunk so I don't drink very much.  Seeing my friends get wasted annoyed me and I never want to be the drunk chick making a fool of herself.


B O R I N G

Fissile: KeatingFive: Show 'em some old people having sex.

==============

You can as much as that on the as you care to see.  Just Google, "GILF".  Still not as disgusting as seeing old people falling down drunk.


No, no, don't do that.
 
2014-01-09 11:38:09 AM  

tiamet4: My husband doesn't drink.  Doesn't feel any strong objection to it, just "isn't interested".  Thus I have a lifetime DD.  WIN!

I know a few other people my age (late 20's early 30's) who are the same.  I personally was never interested in getting drunk and disliked the few times I have been drunk so I don't drink very much.  Seeing my friends get wasted annoyed me and I never want to be the drunk chick making a fool of herself.


You guys sound like a riot at parties.  Sober and judgy.
 
2014-01-09 11:40:52 AM  
I sometimes get asked why I don't drink. My answer is that I saw too much of it when I was a kid.
 
2014-01-09 11:41:57 AM  

Whiskey Dickens: tiamet4: My husband doesn't drink.  Doesn't feel any strong objection to it, just "isn't interested".  Thus I have a lifetime DD.  WIN!

I know a few other people my age (late 20's early 30's) who are the same.  I personally was never interested in getting drunk and disliked the few times I have been drunk so I don't drink very much.  Seeing my friends get wasted annoyed me and I never want to be the drunk chick making a fool of herself.

You guys sound like a riot at parties.  Sober and judgy.


as ever, there's a mahoosive gulf between drinking, and being annoyingly drunk. alcohol is my close personal friend, but im a farking awful drunk, so i drink virtually every day but never get drunk drunk

i don't trust people who dont drink at all. it's weird
 
2014-01-09 11:42:15 AM  
My current girlfriend seems to have a bit of a drinking problem, she doesn't get wasted or even tipsy, but things tend to fall apart for her unless shes on a steady drip of it throughout the day.  It's given me enough pause to curtail my own intake well below what it's been in years, so I thank her for that.
 
2014-01-09 11:48:20 AM  
I haven't seen my parents drunk - I don't know that I've seen either of them have more than one drink any time but Passover seders.

I was never really "into" drinking; I had a few drinks in HS, and when I got to college, just sort of assumed I'd get "the itch" eventually. All over news media, TV, movies, in most other cultures as well: Stressed? Have a drink. On a date? Have a drink. Boys'/girls' night out? Have a drink. Eating dinner? Have a drink.

I never got the drankin' itch. Which is fine, since I have the tolerance of a 5-year-old despite having the body of a Sasquatch.

// I get made fun of for ordering a cherry coke rather than a beer at my local eatery
// but I think that waitress wants to bang me, so I'unno
// and I found...other ways of altering my consciousness without risk of vomiting or hangovers (or death by overconsumption, though that's not really a risk when 3 fingers of bourbon is enough)
 
2014-01-09 11:49:34 AM  
FTA:  "Catherine Salway founded the alcohol-free Redemption bar in west London after paying attention to the trends."

You mean a pub with no beer?
 
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