Jennifer O’Connell: Raising teenagers, it’s not your job to be their friend

When your 16-year-old asks you to buy them a bottle of Jagermeister, laugh in their face

Maximum intoxication at minimum speed was the goal. Photograph: Getty

Maximum intoxication at minimum speed was the goal. Photograph: Getty

As I’m in the final, halcyon days before teenagers stomp into my life, I only recently encountered the concept of “predrinking”.

Bear with me if you’ve been predrinking since peach schnapps and Britvic was the zenith of sophistication. To predrink – or, if you’re really stuck for time, to “prink” – is the act of skulling a ½ litre of cheap spirits before you go out. Usually done by those going “out out”, instead of merely “out”, it’s considered a smart economic investment and a non-negotiable part of preparation like, say, putting on sunscreen before the beach.

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