The Brits relationship with alcohol is a weird one. It’s always hard for non-BritsÂ to understand. When I’m in New York the only time I properly have a drink is when I’m in Queens with my Jamaican fam. ButÂ when I’m in Manhattan, I’ve only ever sipped on a couple JD and cokes and that’s about it –Â it doesn’t seem to be the culture like it is in the UK.
At least once a week I’m catching up with girlfriends over a bottle or three of wine. Drinking after work? Boozing starts at 6pm and goes on til the last train home at midnight. In fact, just last week I was convinced I had the best Scottish accent EVER whilst walking home with mates at about 1am after a 4-hour drinking session, with goodness-knowsÂ how many bottles of wine.
It’s the only relationship with alcohol I know… and for the majority of Brits it’s exactly the same thing. The difference is I’m an adult and responsible for myself. I could NEVER have dreamt of being properly drunk in my younger teens, I was far too scared of my parents for that nonsense! But a lot of these kids aren’t scared, as alcohol is a big part of their parents life.
My generation will become parents of teenagers in 10-15 years. Is there a chance that our unhealthy relationship with alcohol will create a whole new younger generation of alcoholics?Â Gosh, there’s a question to get me thinking.
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