Living: One Less for the Road?

A new intolerance builds pressure on abusive drinking

Gary Kamiya, 31, a San Francisco cabby with a master's degree in English, remains cheerfully unaffected by the trend to lighter drinking. He may have a beer at lunch, perhaps a Manhattan cocktail or wine at dinner during the week, and he drinks every weekend as well. "I've continued to slam down the hard stuff with as much alacrity as ever," he says. Indeed, for every yuppie who has traded in vodka for mineral water, there seems to be a social drinker like Kamiya clinging to the old ways--or a teenager taking up a habit he may not be able to...

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