(With only one week left to Purim, I feel compelled to take a break from the merriement of Adar and post this one "public service/safety" post. I promise there are more, "lighter" posts ahead....)
I said my piece last year with regards to Purim drinking and undoubtedly nothing much has changed.
Yeshiva bochrim will still employ peer pressure to glorify drinking (under the guise of doing a mitzvah, no less).
Parents will still throw up their hands, act helpless and relinquish control of their teenage boys.
There will still be the "it's not so bad... lighten up..." crowd, who in my mind are worse than the the hand-thrower-uppers because they are legitimizing the behavior.
There's really nothing left for me to say but to post this very important link for your listening pleasure.
Please take a moment to listen VERY CAREFULLY to what Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky says about drinking on Purim. I urge you to care enough about your children, you neighbors and your community to listen to the entire recording, but if you cannot, at least listen to the first 13 minutes and pay particular attention to what Rav Kaminetsky says between 11:15-12:30 on the recording.
Wishing everybody a happy and safe Purim!!!