Binge Drinking is good for you – Essay
People has always drunk alcohol, and we still drink it. However, the amount we drink varies from person to person. Even though some of us drink a lot, we do not consider ourselves as alcoholics, but as binge drinkers. However, where is the border between binge drinking and alcoholism, or is binge drinking just a bad excuse for pre-alcoholism? In the article, Binge Drinking is Good for You by Jeremy Clarkson, he discusses the principles of binge drinking, and how it’s different from alcoholism.
The sender of the article is Jeremy Clarkson who uses the newspaper The Times to express his opinion on the matter. In his article, he focuses on the people who decides the dos and don’ts in various matters, but mostly in relation to drinking. As he states himself, he wants to confront the so-called busybodies. He speaks to the busybodies, and us, about the influence they never had in the first place.
The article contains quite a few rhetorical devices. The most dominating devices are contrasts and repetitions. Throughout the article, he brings up the “claims” from the busybodies, and gives his opinion on it. The way he structures this lightens the contrasts in the article. He speaks of the good and bad things you can experience when you have a wild night with alcohol. He also uses a lot of humor.
The British government tells us that if a man drinks more than two small glasses of white wine a day he will catch chlamydia from the barmaid in the pub garden after closing time. Rubbish. If a man drinks two small glasses of white wine every day it’s the barman he needs to worry about.1
The way he answers the British government or the busybodies, is a humor-filled and simply logical answer to the previous claim, as we can see in the quote. The structure of this repeats itself throughout the article. Therefore, the most common rhetorical device he uses is his humor. Nevertheless, one thing he lacks is the use of the modes of...