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Changing the booze culture: Have fun without alcohol

STU MCKAY
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013

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From my own personal experience, it appears that many young New Zealanders can't go out and have fun without alcohol being involved.

Check out Facebook on a Friday night and see how many friends are talking about going out for drinks and that'll prove my point.

I'm not saying the odd drink here or there is bad, but people need to learn how to moderate themselves and maybe have a night out with the guys or girls without alcohol being a factor.

If things are at the point when you can only enjoy yourself when alcohol is involved, then something is drastically wrong. I'm not saying this as a grumpy old man, but as a 27-year-old who drinks when I feel I want to.

My last drink was on New Year's Eve and I haven't been tempted to have a drink since. I also have the apparently rare ability of being able to have one or two beers without feeling the need to get completely plastered.

If a good night consists of being totally hammered to the point of rudeness or potentially doing something wrong or illegal then I have no interest in it.

I'm also saddened and somewhat annoyed that some people think they must have a drink when the game is on. I've been to cricket games, rugby games, football games and never felt the urge to drink. Why is that? First and foremost, it's too expensive. Secondly, I paid for a ticket and actually have an interest in the sport being played, and it'd certainly help if I was able to focus on it.

If people want to drink then go for it, but it is possible to have a great time without alcohol. There's a few of us out there who can still do it.


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