Sunday, July 04, 2004

The drinking theory of class 

My friend Mike has been putting forward a drinking class theory, which because both he and I had been drinking sounded quite appealling. This being that a working class person will never have alcohol in the house, because they drink what they can afford, while an upper class person will drink everything they can, but what they can afford is so much that they may still have a bit left - just a wine cellar or two's worth, of course. The middle class then work as the oppressive ones, because they place too much emphasis on appearance and social status to be drunk all the time, but want to look like they can afford a good stock of alcohol, so they'll always have some in the house.

Add into that that it is of course in the interests of the middle class to keep the working class drunk, a traditional truth anyway, and it all works quite nicely.

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