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July 11, 2013

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I totally agree your point about our culture and our social behaviors. I'm French and I've recently moved in Canada (Toronto) after a 3 month road trip in US.
Our ways (in France) to go out, hang out, get party and so get drunk is deeply different. Of course, the alcohol price is repellent here.
But it's the whole things which is different. Our relation with friends, with home, with the city, with public transportations, with bars and clubs. When you travel as a young people, the difference between the way to get party is one of the first difference you notice. How they start earlier, they drink in different way, in different place...
Society tends to think alcohol price involves fast drinking (probably because it's easy to make it relevant for people). But it's deeply false.

Yes - I remember reading something about how if you believe alcohol makes you aggressive, you are in fact more likely to be aggressive on alcohol. It's a self fulfilling prophecy.

Here's a BBC article on it - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15265317

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