Friday, April 23, 2010

The school friends I regularly drank with as we were approaching our 18th birthdays each consumed between 8 and sixteen pints of beer a night at weekends. I, on the other side of this experience, drank four to five pints of orange squash in the same period and remained sober. I never saw any one of them get violently or criminally out of hand. We all talked a lot though. Other groups of under age drinkers in my neighbourhood were at the same time drinking in pubs largely to get fighting drunk.

When it came to violence in my home town the issue was never specifically the amount that was consumed by an individual but the intention of what to do with a skinful of beer.

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