Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Drinking Culture

Go to the culture section of any newspaper or magazine and you will find book reviews, essays on architecture, art exhibitions or articles on the question "How Jewish was Franz Kafka" (the online version of the International Herald Tribune on 18 August 2008). What you will however not find in that section are articles on, say, hooliganism or binge drinking, despite that both are very much cultural phenomena.

"Air rage attacks by British passengers have trebled in the past five years, with pilots blaming airport delays for allowing passengers to get drunk", I read in the online version of The Daily Telegraph of 19 August 2008. Why not blame (partly, at least) British drinking culture, I wonder?

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