i can’t toast the Young Puritans
WE LEARNED this week that a third of Britain’s 16 to 24-yearolds are teetotallers and there has been much celebration of sobriety among young adults.
I’m not so sure. I think the occasional drink might do this generation of Young Puritans good. In moderation, alcohol is a great ‘drug’. It helps people relax and socialise more easily, which is exactly what so many of our youngsters need.
I’ve never come across such a serious, self-obsessed bunch, who seem to prefer living their lives online rather than the real world. Spontaneity, taking risks, being a little crazy — it’s completely alien to them.
I think this is their way of rebelling. Their parents were the party animals of the 80s and 90s who got riotously drunk, took drugs and generally behaved badly before settling down.
In their joyless isolation, the Young Puritans are missing out on so much — and on the vital learning experiences that would help them develop the psychological resilience they will need as they mature.