Tradition and tragic
The way Scandinavians celebrate Midsummer may differ from country to country, but one tradition is common – drinking alcohol. Wine drinking has taken over much of the old weekend habit to drink aquavit, but along with the Midsummer herring plate the aquavit bottle is back on the table.
On Midsummer Eve there simply should be “a little pearl” or two.
Midsummer is regrettably also often the open door to daily, irresponsible drinking throughout summer.
Most people are happy with the Midsummer Eve drinking. Others treat their Midsummer Day hangover with a ”morning stregthener” combined with a beer or two. There is a great risk that the whole vacation will go on like that.
Scandinavians swim in an ocean of alcohol. 9 out of 10 grown-ups drink alcohol. A majority can handle alcohol in a responsible way, other drown in the ocean. In Sweden only there are an estimated number of 300 000 alcohol abusers. Between 50 000 and 100 000 of these are regarded as heavy abusers.
If you settle for an aquavit or two with the herring plus a brandy with the coffee, then you can still enjoy the light, mysterious Scandinavian Midsummer night.
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