Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Inside the Booze-Soaked 1980s When Brett Kavanaugh Was in High School

Inside the Booze-Soaked 1980s When Brett Kavanaugh Was in High School

The exchange was a freaky turn in a hearing full of surprises and Kavanaugh, seemingly aware that he had crossed a line with his responses, apologized after the committee took a short break.

A New Yorker report published Sunday detailed an allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez, a Yale student, at a dorm-room party as onlookers watched during the 1983-84 school year.

Brett Kavanaugh gave a spirited defense of his conduct and character at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, during which he was accused of drunken sexual assault, but mentioned drinking beer almost 30 times.

"Yeah, and I'm curious if you have", Kavanaugh answered. In Judge's book, he writes about wild parties at Georgetown Prep, the school where he and Kavanaugh became friends. "The drinking age as I noted was 18, so the seniors were legal". In fact, he still likes beer.

"I liked beer. I still like beer, but I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said.

Later in the hearing, Kavanaugh apologized, but it was a back-and-forth that seemed to encapsulate the nasty tone of the hearing and clips of the judge's remarks quickly went viral on social media. "I still like beer". "We drank beer, I like beer". "But we have heard, not under oath, your college roommate say that you did drink frequently". "So whatever, you know", Kavanaugh replied.

"My friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends", he said in his opening statement.

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"Most people have done some drinking in high school and college, and many people even struggle with alcoholism and binge drinking", Klobuchar said to Kavanaugh".

Under Maryland law, a person under the age of 21 can not consume or possess alcohol except in certain circumstances, including in a private home with the consent and under the supervision of an adult over the age of 21. A good rule of thumb might be that you've drunk too many beers if find yourself vomiting or waking up with a hangover.

Kavanaugh could legally drink in nearby Washington, D.C., for the final five months of high school.

"So you're saying there's never been a case where you drank so much that you didn't remember what happened the night before or part of what happened?" "In your written testimony, you said sometimes you had too many drinks".

Kavanaugh answered: "No. I remember what happened".

Kavanaugh also downplayed his underage drinking and told the committee he had never consumed so much alcohol that he blacked out or woke up unable to recall what he'd done the night before. In those respects he was not at all unusual compared to his peers, who officially were not allowed to drink, did it anyway, and sometimes "had too many beers".

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