Last year I did some research with working class guys aged between thirty and forty.
These guys were 'tradesmen' e.g. builders and plumbers.
What was interesting is that they are a 'health time bomb"
They were smoking and drinking heavily, would indulge in a bit of cocaine at the weekend and some would visit prostitutes.
Here is some of what they said:
"They call me 2 Pac cause I always have two grams of coke with me, one for myself and one to share with the lads"
"I always have a couple of lines of coke on Friday's before I go home to see the kid's"
"My weekend is all about gambling, football, beer and a few lines...and if I can get it a shag"
"If I win on the horses, I will visit a prostitute for a blow job"
These people are the 'Loaded' generation: they were brought up reading lads mags and their attitudes are defined by believing that excess in 'vice is good and gives them kudos of being a geezer.
However, the worrying thing is that these people are often Fathers - so one must question what will be the impact on the next generation?
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