Hi. This is about as offtopic as it gets, but I have a burning question! First, a bit of setup: I'm 20 years old, I'm from sweden and right now I'm skibumming in Whistler, BC Canada. I've been here about 2 months now and I love everything about this place, the people, the mountain, except one extremely annoying thing.
American collegekids. Now this is not some high-and-mighty european put down of american culture, I like american culture and I've tried my absolute best to embrace it! But every goddamn american holiday, that forms a long weekend, such as this weekend during martin-luther king day seriously thousands of collegekids come here (ages 19-20) to drink legally. Which is fine, I am not adverse to partying and I personally think 21 is a ridicolous drinking age, but around here it is just insane!
My problem with it, more specifically, is that people that are 20 should be able to hold their liqour! I literally saw a couple of 20 year old girls throw up in the street, at about 3 PM. At the same time, a hundred assholes would yell WOOOOOOO every chance they got! I work as a server and today I had a 12 hour shift, and had 2 guys take a swing at me for not serving them anymore when they could barely talk. I couldn't even count the amount of people throwing up, before 9. Which is really weird, and I dont understand it at all. Well and I also hate it because my job becomes soo much more harder when some preppy asshole demands another glass of horribly pronounced cabernet sauvignon when he cant stand upright.
But anyway, my point is that in Sweden, the drinking age at bars is 18. But I have NEVER met anyone at a bar who had their first drinking experience there. Personally, I was 15 when I got drunk the first time. It sucked, I didnt know what I was doing and it led to a shitty night. This progressed, and when I was 17 I completely knew my drinking limit. I was 16 the last time I threw up from drinking, and I dont see it happening anytime soon either. Now, all this drinking was abviously done at house-parties, and stuff like that. Now from movies and television, I thought I knew american underage drinking culture. Houseparties, highschool kids getting together drinking watery beer out of red plastic cups and playing beerpong. So, if television didnt lie to me, how come a bunch of 20 year olds are acting like they just had their first beer?
I seriously cannot wrap my head around it! Is it some cultural thing, that people dont drink more than 2-3 beers per highschool party and they cant handle strong liqour? Are these just a particular brand of collegekid, who never went drinking before? They dont seem the type..
I really need some of you americans to explain this phenomenon to me. Thoroughly!
Also, if any of you feel targeted, stop dressing like your in Miami. Its the mountains and it's 12- C, wear a skirt longer than your vagina next time. And DONT go to the park if you can't make it down a blue trail!!
Well, thats my rant. Thank you, and have a great night!