Drunken Dinner Parties...Out of Fashion?

Drunken Dinner Parties...Out of Fashion?

Janel Laban
Dec 16, 2008

"Are you shaying I'm drunk?" she demanded. Even in the candlelight I noticed that the lipstick she had reapplied was slightly to the left of her lips. Her husband, suddenly bellicose, sprang from his chair to defend his wife's honor. But on the way across the room he slipped and went down like a tray of dishes. "Frank! Are you hurt?" she screamed. Somehow she had gotten hold of the brandy. "S'nothing," he replied, "just lay down for a little nap. Can I bum a smoke?"

That dinner party was almost 10 years ago; it was the last time I saw anyone visibly drunk at a New York party....

The above is from a piece we just finished reading: Susan Cheever's post on "Drunkenfreude", her term for the feeling sober folks feel when witnessing the drunken behavior of others. The gist of the article? According to Cheever, people still drink, but no one seems to get drunk anymore. Wondering how this has happened, she puts forth the question: does fashion trump addiction?

We know smoking at parties is long gone, but in this season of entertaining at home, we are curious about cocktails. Obviously not many folks are having 3 martini lunches or Mad Men era style bashes, but do you really think guests at holiday gatherings and dinner parties drink less than they used to a decade ago? Have times changed?

Read the full piece here at the New York Times.

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