Before moving to Texas, I lived in the UK, where pub culture is popular culture, and wandering drunk through the streets while singing annoying 60s pop songs is seen as a rite of passage. According to UK officials, this is a culture that has to change.
Because pubs used to be required by law to close at 11pm, and clubs were required to stop serving alcohol at 2am, it was thought that Britons had developed binge drinking habits -- quickly consuming large amounts of alcohol in order to get drunk by last call. However, in the wake of the country's second New Year's Eve under new, extended hours, it appears drinking habits haven't changed.
"People are getting quite serious health conditions earlier -- things like liver problems in their twenties and thirties that perhaps before only came out in their forties and fifties," said Hazel Blears, chair of Britain's Labor Party.
To our British readers -- what do you think? Has drinking culture in the UK gone too far?