I've saved a small fortune, can drive myself everywhere, I remember everything, have no embarrassing regrets, I have no idea what a hangover is, feel fresh as fuck every morning, have never been sick unnecessarily, never lost a phone/bag/purse/nasal septum, never wasted police or ambulance's time and never gurned the face of a stranger.
So is drinking too much alcohol simply a rite of passage for our young people? Think about it, when a child learns to walk how many times do they fall over before they figure out how to use their legs? Whether it be right or wrong alcohol is a part of life in the UK and people sometimes have to get their tolerance wrong before they get it right.
By our mid-to-late teens most of my friends and classmates at school were regulars on the local pubs and clubs circuit. By the time we understood the long-term ill-effects of alcohol it had become a deeply-ingrained habit, a part of who we were. The demon drink was like fast-growing ivy, coiling it's suffocating fronds around our vulnerable minds.
I honestly believe that alcohol-related memory problems are hugely under-reported and mistaken for Alzheimer's disease. Ten years ago I would have been treating no more than three people at any one time for alcohol-related brain damage. Now there are at least 10 patients with that in my clinical service.
According to a survey, 79% of people said they would welcome measures to curb alcohol intake on flights while 11% said they would be happy with a total ban. But banning alcohol on a flight isn't the solution because the problem is in fact much, much bigger than our inability to say no to free drinks on a plane.