Jennie Bristow makes a strong case for occasionally getting wasted over at the always-entertaining Spiked:
Britain 2005 is hardly a hotbed of inebriated violence….What we do have is a society in which sometimes, and for a variety of reasons, people like to drink to get drunk….because they want to get off the plane of existence that is normal, humdrum, everyday life, and into that parallel universe of inebriation. What's wrong with doing that once in a while? Nothing. Indeed, there is a good deal that is very right about it.
Especially worth reading on the Sunday before a national holiday–and a few days before a presidential inauguration.
Whole thing here.