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England: theme park for frat boys?

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Aug. 31 Update: Tony Blair is back from his holidays, and he’s declared war on yob culture.
A few days ago, I came across this article, about the growing problem of binge-drinking in Britain. An excerpt:
“Binge drinking — consuming alcohol in a methodical attempt to get blind drunk — is now such a widespread phenomenon in Britain that authorities are starting to get worried.”
Oddly, I woke up this morning to find this email from my mother:
Dear Andrew
So how is it going in Montreal? We are now in Scotland, on the Firth of Clyde. We are headed up to the Orkneys tomorrow I think; we climbed the highest peak in the south yesterday — The Merrrrick — and stayed in Largs last night on the coast –I must say we appreciate the culture here much more then England –England is getting too Americanized and the so called “culture” is largely based on drinking–I have never seen so much public drunkenness as we did in Exeter.
Love, mom

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