i can’t toast the Young Pu­ri­tans

Daily Mail - - DR MAX -

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.

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