The Apollo Project
Liberal Ideas for the 21st Century
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Mixing drinks
by Jabez Clegg

Like a bottle of a supermarket's own-brand spirits ambivalently snuck out of one's parents' sideboard, a media moral panic cannot long be enjoyed straight. A well-loved and strongly-flavoured mixer is needed to keep it palatable.

The BBC, glugging away at the "binge drinking" topic, has poured in a nice seasonal twist - A Level time! Ten percent of parents, apparently, believe their children drink more due to exam stress.

Jabez (who is a year or two beyond A Levels, though still a connoisseur of cider) wonders if the youngsters might simply be enjoying their summer holidays.
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