People in their early 20s here are dying of alcohol-induced liver disease. Wow. It's not an old man's disease anymore. In fact girls aged 15-24 are showing the largest increase in drink-related problems.
It's not surprising. Our world now revolves around alcohol. Happy? Have a drink! Down? Have a drink! Weekend? Party!!! Weeknight? It's Happy Winesday, Thirsty Thursday, Wine O'clock, five o'clock somewhere. Ha ha, ho ho.
All great fun 'til death kicks in. I lived in Spain for a year. Young people there didn't drink themselves stupid. So it's some inevitable rite of passage. It's learned. Monkey see. Monkey do. Monkey get blocked.