While at the pub at the weekend with a number of chaps from my current band, including one also in the SA, the subject of alcohol came up. A number of us who have played alongside SA banders in 'outside' bands over the years commented that the teetoal rule seemed to be a bit open to interpretation by some, and none of us having been 'inside' wondered why this was. Our salvationist colleague said that yes, while the vast majority take the no-alcohol stance very seriously, there currently seemed to be a small hardcore of younger SA bandos who quite openly liked a drink. He mentioned some of the widely known bands where it was quite common and told some stories about his experiences. We asked if the leaders/BMs/ministers were aware of all this and he seemed to think that they must be, but that they probably just turned a blind eye, saying that generally they don't just boot out the 'offenders', as they'd prefer them to still be part of the SA rather than lose them to the pub, makes sense i suppose. So maybe some people with more 'inside' experience of the SA can explain what is it about young men in the SA, particularly it seems, those of higher musical ability and in the bigger bands, that means they have a predilection for booze?! I'm not looking to get anyone in trouble or anything, just genuinely curious! Of course this is probably just a small percentage of the good upstanding folk of the army, it just seems that it is the case for quite a few in the SA who I've come into contact with over my years in banding.