When I was a young teenager growing up, drinking was seen as something cool for all teenagers to do. And, let’s face it, drinking is relatively easy. Even I managed to have a few drinks during my teenage years in an attempt to look vaguely cool.
So when Emma Watson (aged 21) spends three minutes on David Letterman talking about alcohol before finally confessing that she only got drunk once, you do have to wonder just how isolated/isolating the Harry Potter stars were, when at least two of them can’t do what British teenagers have been doing for years up and down the land – get drunk, and then carry on the next day.
I also wonder how that played in bi-alcohol America – where people either drink till they punch people in the face, or stay away from that demon drink. Alcohol does seem more integrated into the British way of life, but with notable exceptions, they tend to moderate it.
Mind you, I’ve started drinking a bottle of beer a day, and a tiny part of my mind is a tad worried I’m going to end up being a mild alcoholic.