Booze, beer, bevvies, moonshine, you name it we Brits like it, students too. I find this topic fascinating and like to raise questions about why people drink. I know all us Brits boast about drinking but why do we drink? Here are some things I’ve covered up to now:
1)Alcohol as a social lubricant and why it’s needed? Can we be social without it? Why not?
2)Binge drinking and the reasons ie peer pressure, lack of self-worth, depression etc.
3)Under age drinking and why it is ‘cool’ for 12 years olds to drink and why parents tolerate it.
4)Why do men have to boast about how much beer they drink and what is attractive about being drunk?
5)Why hangovers are seen as seen as a right of passage to some and even used as a valid excuse to miss appointments.
6)Why some men boast about being so drunk they..last night and how you are expected to say “wow…”.
7)How people blame their bad behaviour on alcohol.
8)At what point does your social drinking become alcoholism?
On a grander scale is alcohol a fuel for dumbing down the masses and keeping them in their place? Miserable after work? Then get drunk in the pub and you’ll forget all about it.
Things I’d use:
1)Videos of binge drinking teens and the damage they cause.
2)Videos of drunk football hooligans.
3)Photos of young kids passed out in the street (vomit optional).
4)Photos of a typical British pub compared with wine bars and night clubs.
5)Live interviews with staff/colleagues about their drinking habits.
6)Clips of American films/TV that often have scenes of washed up, alcoholic single men/ex-cops who use it to deal with their mistakes in life or middle-aged men who still get drink and act like 20 somethings (2 and a half men).
7)Everything and anything about IBIZA and other similar places.
Any comments? Would you feel OK using these snap shots of real English culture?