I came across this newspaper cutting from 1776 and thought how little has changed over the ensuing centuries:
So, I think we can take it that there is nothing new in people of all ages going out on a Friday night and getting absolutely rat-arsed. (Or rather, using the terminology from Grose’s 1811 “Dictionary in the Vulgar Tongue” “Getting bloody Lushey” ). In fairness to Nikki Reed (who she?) this following image is a still from an instantly forgettable film called Empire State, but I could just as easily have used any of a number of photographs which appear with monotonous regularity in our national newspapers.
I have a certain sympathy for Police Chiefs who want to see drunks detained in privately run “drying out hotels – and then being made to pay for the accommodation – in order to deter the serial drunk-and-disorderly. As they said in 1776, if not, who will wonder if the gaols should be filled again in a fortnight?