Saying that the in thing when I was a kid was hanging around Wallasey village with 4 cans and a bottle of old heritage cider.
They were the days.
I'm sure many of us did that at one time, the difference is that we weren't doing it to the extent that we ended up in hospital - or worse still destroying our kidneys by the age of 25.
The other thing was most were doing it without their parents knowing, there are many parents these days who actively encourage their kids to get paralytic and seem to think its a good thing???
I don't think the number of off-licences makes much difference to the problem unless they are really drastically cut. The government need to tax alcohol more to reduce the problem, price it out. If it becomes only the rich that can afford to destroy their own health then so be it.
Agree with granny - if deprived are finding money to drink, then they are bringing on their own depravity.