Social drinking

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A 17th century painting by Jan Steen showing the interior of a tavern
This painting by William Hogarth shows what social drinking might look like.
A typical bar

Social drinking is the name for the consumption of alcoholic drinks in a social setting; people who are social drinkers do this with friends. Many cultures frown upon isolating people because they drink alcohol, and because they may have a problem with alcohol dependence. People meet to celebrate an occasion, which also permits them to drink alcohol without being frowned upon.