Join the debate. Vote Now on the Dear Abby Poll of the week.

by Abigail Van Buren

Distant Friend Makes Little Effort to Maintain Closeness

DEAR ABBY: Recently, when I have gone shopping, I have noticed stores are selling games that encourage binge drinking among college kids and others.

Why have shot glasses as pieces of games like checkers, tic-tac-toe, Chutes and Ladders, etc. to encourage drinking? -- MARCIA IN L.A.

DEAR MARCIA: Because they sell. And they sell because some people naively think that drinking to excess is "fun" or makes them appear more sophisticated than they really are.