As Always, Life Imitates Animal House

Bluto: [thrusting six-pack into Flounder’s hands] My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.

Otter: Better listen to him, Flounder, he’s in pre-med.


— From the 1978 tell-all documentary on the excesses of college fraternities, Animal House.

Headline in People magazine today, “Amy Winehouse Died from Alcohol Withdrawal, Says Family:”

Winehouse ignored doctors’ advice to step back gradually from her heavy drinking and went cold turkey in the past month, an unnamed family friend tells Britain’s Sun. Her family believes that was too much of a shock to her system, the source adds.

“Abstinence gave her body such a fright, they thought it was eventually the cause of her death,” says the source.

PEOPLE has confirmed that this is the family’s belief.

Why can’t the modern generation learn from the millennia of experience that went before them, or barring that, John Landis’ earlier, funnier movies?


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