“Passive Drinking” versus the “Passive Pity-Lanche”

by Little Miss Attila on April 5, 2009

Glenn links to a ridiculous semi-fascist article in New Scientist on the solution to problem drinking, and the verbal judo that labels friends and family members of heavy drinkers as “victims of passive drinking.” Nice. Of course, we might simply stigmatize party-going as a lifestyle—say, the way we do in this country, by telling our friends that showing up for work hung over is an indication that they might “have a problem.” Or educating people about the need for a “designated driver” if they are going to a bar to party.

Glenn cracks: “Can we regulate meddling like tobacco? Or better yet, treat it like they treat crack in Singapore?” I’d like to see that.

Of course, Insty kept my traffic at its normal bad weekend level, rather than letting it sink into the realm of “abysmal,” by linking R. Stacy McCain, who essentially badgered him into doing it. Fortunately, there are “good karma” links to me all over McCain’s page. We likes that.

Here’s the dilemma, though: if Insty keeps giving in like this, that dis-incentivizes the showing of restraint; Professor Reynolds is essentially subsidizing bad behavior, no?

I feel like I’ve just received a bailout check, and must decide whether to cash it or not. If I don’t, I give up the money (hits, in this case). If I do, Reynolds gets to run my business.

‘Course, he’s probably a better manager than many who are trying their hands at it these days. So . . . why not?

UPDATE: In the same McCain post linked above (now approximately the length of a Russian novel), Stacy attempts to explain why he appears to get more ‘lanches than I do (though I’m not sure he does; he just pushes harder for ’em, whereas I tend to let them fall like the rain on parched-but-fertile soil).

It’s some silly notion that Dr. Helen is jealous of me, which can be refuted by: 1) noticing how many females get plenty of links from Glenn, or 2) seeing a picture of her. She’s not insecure, and she has no reason to be.

But keep writing silly little stories, Stacy; someday, you may have a screenplay there!

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I R A Darth Aggie April 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

Or educating people about the need for a “designated driver” if they are going to a bar to party.

Does that mean I need to have a designated walker since I go to the bar and I walk there?

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Little Miss Attila April 6, 2009 at 8:24 am

Dunno. How old are you?

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