One of the problems of our new fast-paced society is that no one wants to 'go out of drinks' anymore, and it's a real shame. Sure, people still drink, but then it's a matter of "going drinking" which is a very different event.
There are few things more civilized than meeting a friend at a nice bar for a drink or two to chat. This used to be a mainstay of the civilized world, and what separated us from the Barbarians. Now, no one has time for this and will only go 'drinking' which is an entire evening devoted to getting hammered. It's all or nothing.
Most interesting are the friends who will only binge drink one or two nights a week and are critical of those who 'go out for a drink' a few nights a week as being problem drinkers.
Or maybe I just need to run with a higher class of friends.