I can recall an International Assembly in 1978 in which one of the brothers doing "volunteer" work as a car park attendant had a bottle of beer with him, just in case he got thirsty on the job!
Certainly, heavy drinking after the end of each day at an assembly became common place, after they canned evening sessions (assembly sessions, that is!) from 1973 onwards. Previously, when the assembly program did not finish until after 9 pm each day, everybody was too worn out to party.
That so many sssembly delegates hit the bottle afterwards shouldn't be surprizing:
- it is enough to drive most people to drink!