Panorama has some alarming reports about binge drinking among young people.. and almost inevitably took some stock film footage from the streets of Nottingham.
It is hard to gain a proper perspective on this; one point of view is to recall our own youthful experimentation with alcohol, reckless, risky. We would end up in a village pub in rural Lincolnshire, welcomed by the landlord with a cheery, 'hello children..'
Now we hear of young people drinking to obliterate pain.
'When cider is as cheap as coke, why would you choose coke? You can quench your thirst and get pissed..'
I wish I could offer an answer.