The other day, a nice young man I know turned 21. he was heading to AC to celebrate the milestone. To think that he was going to have his first drink there would have been naive beyond belief.
But one thing is certain about the magical 21 mark: after you reach it, much of the thrill of drinking is gone. I told him so, and he concurred. When strapping a funnel to your head and imbibing until you vomit loses some appeal, then what do you do? Maybe it's time to learn how to "enjoy" a beer rather than the effects of drinking too many of them? Why haven't we been teaching our progeny the former long before they get to their binge-drinking years?
Star Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine, a devotee of good beer, weighs in below.