Drinking beer enables civic life

Recent statistics in America have revealed that for the first time ever more Americans are drinking bottled water than drinking beer.  Susan McWilliams argues that this is a negative sign for American civic life and represents a decline in social capital.   Bottled water represents solitary pursuits, while beer drinking represents social connection.  There’s nothing in this article about drinking coffee, for example.  Lots more coffee houses have sprung up in recent years.  Might coffee be replacing beer drinking as a social pasttime?  I recently went off beer for 30 days, and have noticed I’m having a lot more coffee and tea instead!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s