Walking around Metrowalk one night, a friend made a comment that given our level of alcohol intake, our generation will die young. Or will have to face the consequences of our drinking binges when we hit our 40s or 50s or maybe earlier.
Inuman is such a by-word among “the young” now…it’s as common as going to Starbucks or watching a movie, that people don’t really see anything the matter with it. In Spain, I met Americans and Australians who were so outraged at the thought of drunk driving– it’s really taboo for them. But here, it’s so normal. I’d be just as affected as everyone else if any kind of drinking legislation were passed, but hmmmmm, maybe it’s time we gave this “problem” more thought.
Seems Brazil is waking up to this “crisis” already:
Brazil, where drinking cold beer and sugar cane liquor is almost a national pastime, will get tough on alcohol abuse under a policy promoted by its outspoken new health minister.
“Every day people are dying, people are suffering violence, people are being hospitalized because of alcohol consumption,” Health Minister Jose Temporao said at a signing ceremony for the new policy on Wednesday.
Temporao blamed excess drinking for a list of social ills from wife-beating to traffic accidents. The national health system spends more than 40 million reais ($20 million) annually on drug and alcohol treatment, he said.
The government plans to restrict beer advertising and to tighten up checks on drunk driving. It will also propose laws to Congress to stop gas stations selling alcoholic beverages.
Source:Beer-soaked Brazil to face booze crackdown(Reuters)
Drinking as a national pastime, sounds family.