B'Town Max: America's Tolerance Towards Drugs And Alcohol

The author shares his experiences in the 1950's and 1960's with drugs and alcohol in Bronxville, relating it to the present in light of Whitney Houston's death.


It’s a tragic story. One that has repeated itself time and again, the main stream media refuses to tell truth and take a stand. Even members of Congress believe drugs should be legalized. This weeping media preponderance of idolized sainthood of Whitney Houston’s suicide is an insult to the population that has a mind left.

Ms. Houston took a .38 to her head, spinning the barrel until a round finally chambered and fired. She played this deadly game for over twenty years. I was a fan of her music but I don’t have pity for the singer in the least.

In fact, my opinion is she was a bad example for the youth of this country for obvious reasons and simply; she sent a message that despite fame, fortune and glamour, anyone can get high and get away with it for a period of time.

I know what I am talking about, having abused drugs and alcohol myself for years and the price I had to pay; a life time of cleaning up the ruin I alone brought on myself.

Abuse will leave you and your family shattered. I ain’t just whistling Dixie youngin’s.

I am a post war prodigy that was raised in B’Town in the late 50’s and 60’s. The culture had a tolerance for alcohol. As a youth I watch my peers, teachers and parents getting hammered on a regular basis.

I witnessed a friend's wedding, where two parents passed out from their chairs and went down with a thud; nobody considered it unusual.

Rather, the horrific sight gave the impression that they just had too much fun on that particular night. Believe me I pulled my own alcohol horror shows, I am not without sin here.

As a student at Bronxville High School I learned reading, writing, arithmatic and how to drink.

I can also boast that I was the worst student of the school and my only mission was to have fun. I majored in teacher keg parking lot parties every Friday and Saturday night and received more then a passing grade for my endeavors. 

Hell, the police tapped our kegs a handful of times and their strategy was they had the all miscreants enclosed and they weren’t driving anywhere. Remember the New York State drinking law back then was 18 and DUI was an invention of the late 70’s.

On a related matter, anyone who thinks that pot is not a gateway drug should have their head gear checked or at least have their mind sent out for cleaning and pressing.

I’m told that the pot currently on the street is twice as potent then my day. I gave up pot because it gave anxiety attacks. I moved on to diet pills and eventually cocaine and with my life in shatters, I sought help.

This administration appears unconcerned with the Mexican Drug pipeline over the border for political reasons,which is simply deplorable.  I know how to stem the wave of drugs coming over the boarder and some lefties will hate it.

Build the fence; bury claymores for 500 yards leading from the barrier on US soil and authorize both agents and military to shoot any illegal that makes it through the obstacles. 

The Administration has again failed to protect the citizens of this country.

Any young person who reads this should take heed. Drugs will not enhance your life it will trash it. This is advice from someone who knows. Do what you want, but remember I warned you...

Lene Watson February 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Very good! Hope some "youngins' read this!
Josh Semendoff February 21, 2012 at 04:08 PM
What exactly is the age cut-off to be a youngin'? I often find that it is more of historical context than age. Even a 40 year-old can be a "youngin'" if they are talking with an 80-year-old and not being able to recall something from the 1950s.
jeannette flood February 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Hopefully the teachers will use this article in their classes. Alcoholism was almost the norm in the 50-60's. Education is important. Bronxville didn't teach us how to avoid peer pressure nor how to have self esteem. These skills will help students make some wiser choices. There is a solution for problem drinking-educate Bronxville.
Josh Semendoff February 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM
To be fair to teachers though, I also think it is an important lesson to learn at home as well. now yes, many homes are not going to provide lessons on peer-pressure and drinking if members of the home are drinking themselves, but the best case scenario for kids would be a combination of home and school education on drugs and alcohol.
Callen February 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I feel the same about Whitney; no sympathy. She accidentally killed herself.


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