I am begining to form the basis of some research im doing for social studies into underage drinking, obviously i figured i'd take a brass band approach to the topic! I would say one of the main factors which contributes to peoples enjoyment of the brass banding world, aside from the actual music making is the social side. This predominatly leads to the consumption of alcohol (I'm not saying everyone in a brass band drinks, however i think it is clear the majority do!) - be it after band practice, at contests/concerts or purely organising a band social. I think it is also safe to say a certain amount of people go to a contest (whether they are playing or not) purely for the alcohol+social combination. Tmp is clearly riddled with references to alcohol with threads/posts and signatures dedicated purely to the consumption of alcohol. Obviously i am not writing all this in a disapproving manner- I for one know how much i drink and know i dont have a problem with it. However, Youth is being promoted more so now than ever before within the Brass banding world, therefore my point is what effect will the drinking culture of the brass banding world have on the Youth entering into this movement. Will younger members of bands be influenced to drink and what will the effect of this be? Any thoughts?