A couple of the blogs I read made a point of linking to this NYT Opinion blog post by Susan Cheever, who suggests that "no one gets drunk anymore" because addiction=powerlessness and we're all about power. Plus, apparently people like vacations better than drinking. Or her hypothesis goes something like that.
Here's what the bloggers think about that:
Paige at Deep Glamour, who's about my age, says:
Maybe it's a generational thing (I'm in my 30s), but I see plenty of drunken behavior... So Ms. Cheever can wax nostalgic all she wants about the days of drunken antics but I say, Look out your window girl. It's the holiday in New York. Three-fourths of those people out there are already drunk.
And over at Apartment Therapy, Janel in Chicago asks:
Have times changed?
To which her commenters have a variety of answers, obviously influenced by their ages and stages in life. But this is my favorite one, courtesy of commenter K T G:
It's funny how things are out of fashion when you get too old for them.
And to that I say, agreed. Just because Cheever's not drinking doesn't mean that nobody drinks anymore. Her circle isn't the only one out there. This is often my frustration with these softer sort of NYT pieces: the authors are under the impression that whatever's going on in their lives is what's going on in the world.
(As an aside, I'm certainly not saying it's a bad thing that Cheever doesn't drink, or that she's less fun for it. I have some non-drinking friends who are very fun, to say the least. Then again, Cheever doesn't actually sound that fun. But I doubt that's because of her not drinking.)