Oh Dear

Good grief, are students nowadays really like this?

On Saturday I stood at Warwick University\’s union bar. I had been speaking at a rather excellent student conference and the organisers had invited me to join the students for the evening. Large numbers of the 400 students present were standing without anything to drink, unable to afford the highly-taxed lagers that were on sale. As a result, students stood in straight lines listening quietly to the live band. No one was smoking, which of course would have been illegal.

6 thoughts on “Oh Dear”

  1. The man is clearly a dullard who attracts other dullards. I was at Warwick on Sunday night and the gits were elbowing their way through to the bar in great numbers, and they danced their socks off during the gig too…. oh, and from the aroma near the door they had found some illegal substances to smoke as well. Surprise, surprise, not one of the youths took time out to ask me about ‘post-Washington Consensus international development theory’… much to my great relief. As I say, the man’s clearly a dullard.

  2. “are students nowadays really like this?”

    Errr, no. Looks at the stats on annual alcohol intake, prevalence and severity binge drinking and data on what students spend their money on. Or just eavesdrop on students talking.

    This article is the opposite of true – ie. false.

  3. Looks at the stats on annual alcohol intake, prevalence and severity binge drinking and data on what students spend their money on.

    I get the impression from my student-ish acquaintances that there’s a bit of a shift compared to when I was about from drinking a lot of booze in pubs/clubs to getting lashed at home before going out, then just having a couple when out to keep topped up (certainly, the data shows a general shift in the UK from on-trade to off-trade drinks consumption).

    Obviously, this has bollocks-all to do with tax, since booze faces the same tax levels wherever it’s purchased (and in the context of pub/club drinks, the tax is so small as to be immaterial).

  4. Still plenty of drunk students around the bar at the University where I work. Though, I suspect, not quite as many as there used to be twenty years ago.

  5. As a recent graduate i can tell you that despite high prices, we always found a way.

    This included drinking copious amounts at home before even getting to the union, or invading house parties and drinking other people’s alcohol.

    There is ALWAYS a way, if you have the right mindset.

    I can’t believe how much wine costs in the real world.

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