Growing up in Britain you come to accept that having a good time, no matter how enjoyable, is perpetually under threat.
From football tickets you need a mortgage to buy to pubs knocked down for help-to-buy flats, opportunities to let off steam in London feel as if they're in decline.
Which is why it's such a concern that Fabric, the capital's most decorated nightlife experience of the past 17 years, could face closure.
It's had its licence suspended by Islington Council, while figures show the number of nightclubs in Britain dropped from 3,144 in 2005 to 1,733 last year, according to the BBC.
This summer, two 18-year-old men went for a night out there but never came home following suspected drug overdoses.
Their deaths are tragic and should not, under any circumstances, be swept under the carpet to allow the Farringdon venue to reopen.
But the idea that closing the club is a solution to tackle this problem is an alarming, almost archaic response to a social problem that's screaming out for a re-think.
'Desperate ramifications for the future of London's nightlife'
Not only would closure ignore a chance to try new ways of tackling the issue, but it would also have desperate ramifications for the future of London's nightlife - here's why.
Picture a young entrepreneur in a London post Fabric's closure, brimming with new ideas for a nightlife venue keeping people off the streets and inside enjoying themselves.
Much like Fabric, a place where gay, straight, black, white etc is as irrelevant as just about anyway in Britain the mind can think of.
And musicians, battered financially by illegal downloads, given a chance to make a living off their music by playing there too.
"People want it, there's a market for it - and they're willing to pay for a good time there", the entrepreneur says.
"We will do everything physically possible to stop drugs coming in, and have medics and free water on site if someone, regrettably, manages to do so.
"But if someone does die of drug use on site, despite our best efforts in prevention, we will be closed down instantly by the council."
I can't imagine people queuing up to invest - which is why I can't see any credible nightclubs opening in London, perhaps ever again, in the event that Fabric's doors are shut for good.
And yet the city has made huge leaps forward in becoming safer elsewhere.
The London Underground, one of the capital's most momentous achievements which recently became a 24-hour service at weekends, is unfortunately a target for the suicidal.
So it was good to report that, earlier this year, new fences are to be put up in Ealing Broadway along with the potential installation of more suicide prevention phones.
It came after a councillor had pushed for action following the death of four people at the station in 2015.
'Fabric faces extinction despite showing common sense'
Similarly, cycle paths have been painted on roads following a number of deaths and, whether you agree with it or not, the indoor smoking ban was made with our wellbeing in mind.
Note here that there were no calls for the London Underground, cyclists or pubs to be banned in the event of a tragedy - instead a solution was a sought followed by reasoned, adult debate.
Why then, in the case of Fabric and other nightclubs like it, is it facing closure for a social problem a select few think can only be solved by removing the venue?
It's as if the thinking is that the appetite for illegal substances will magically vanish if drug users have no club to go to, with doves circling above as the young turn to orange juice and Saturday night yoga.
They won't - instead they'll take their drugs to house parties, illegal outdoor raves and just about anywhere they can get out to.
An ecstasy tablet, roughly the width of a pea, is not something that could be found easily barring the introduction of extreme measures like strip searches on entry to clubs.
Fabric has medics on site, ensure free water is available and staff kick out anyone found with drugs, yet the club now faces extinction despite showing common sense.
And so far, almost 90,000 people have signed a petition to save it.
'It is who I am and I want to dance'
Earlier this year I spoke to the husband of the late Bernice McNaughton, a woman who claims she started the first Notting Hill Carnival.
"She left something people could come to the community for. People didn't give a damn, they said 'it is who I am and I want to dance'", her grieving husband said.
Apparently she would still attend the carnival in her 80s, proud of people gathering to enjoy themselves no matter who they were or where they were from.
Given that London could lose that sense of community in the early hours, we all know what she would surely have thought about London losing its nightclubs.