Alcohol Ad Nauseum
A few nights ago, my wife and I sat in a movie theater in front of a gaggle of college freshmen. The movie hadn't started yet which meant that I had no reason to turn and glower at them, so I was stuck between the repeating series of nauseating pre-movie "fun facts" on the screen in front of me and the ridiculous frat-house chatter from the row behind me. Listining to this inane conversation, I realized something I've always vaguely thought, but never explicitly acknowledged: alcohol is THE ONLY THING that your average 18-23 year-old can talk about. In this case, the topics these guys hit were, successively: How do we get it? How much of it does it take to get each one drunk? (and the most interesting and/or successful topic) What each of them did while they were drunk?
I'm no teetotaler. Drink if you want! Drink as much as you want! It doesn't bother me!! But why, oh why, is it that college kids cannot talk about anything else? I have lots of friends in the 24+ age group who drink, and they seem to be about to converse about a wide range of subjects, and quite adeptly I might add. Admittedly, I'm a non-expert on drinking (and therefore I'm not an expert about talking about drinking), but I nevertheless have a few theories to explain this phenomenon: (1) drinking is the only thing that brings enjoyment/happiness/fun to their lives so that's the only thing they talk about; (2) drinking isn't that fun, but talking about drinking makes them feel like their lives are sexy and that their drunkenness is somehow adult; or (3) their minds are so empty that they have nothing else to talk about.
I'm not sure I buy any one of my theories. In any case, I'd be curious to see if anyone else has had experience with this. Am I wrong in my characterization (granting that it is exaggerated a little) that this group of human beings refuse to speak on any other subject? Assuming you agree (and why wouldn't you?) with my characterization, do you have any competing theories to explain this phenomenon?