So it turns out that Hillary Clinton and John McCain bonded over a vodka-drinking contest. It’s hard to argue with Clinton’s tactics in terms of making friends across the aisle. But drinking contests mean binge drinking, and binge drinking, even occasionally, is a thoroughly bad idea. (Alcohol in large does is toxic to just about every tissue in the body, especially the brain.) So by having a drinking contest, and bragging about it, Clinton and McCain are encouraging drug abuse: in particular, a form of drug abuse more highly prevalent, among teenagers as well as adults, than the abuse of all the illicit drugs combined.
There’s a deeper point here, though. When heavy drinking is used for bonding, there’s pressure on those who don’t like to get drunk to do so anyway. Your kid’s DARE program calls it “peer pressure.” It’s a Bad Thing.
Footnote And don’t miss the obvious feminist point here: Clinton needed to prove herself as “one of the boys.”
Hat tip: Atrios, in the course of making a completely different point about the media’s love affair with a dimwitted form of bipartisanship.