Drink Up!A Story by Bubo
The growing drinking trend in the UK among teens.
Since the introduction of Britain’s twenty four hour licensing laws, the number of teenagers receiving medical treatment after drink binges has risen by nearly 15 per cent.
Today, children as young as 12 and 13 are being admitted on a daily basis to casualty departments countrywide with alcohol related issues.
Alcohol Concerns report shows that supermarket alcohol promotions were shown twice as often before 9pm (which is when children are more likely to be watching TV) compared to after.
So, it appears the legislation has not worked.
The licensing laws were changed without any reference to what was happening in today’s society.
Of course, we cannot put full responsibility onto an over stretched, rather ignorant government.
A parent’s major concern must be the prevention of binge drinking, which leads to other wider issues, such as crime, drug use, and sex, or worse, date rape while under the influence, leading to risk of unwanted pregnancy and disease.
I have two teenagers. My daughter from the age of 12 has had a small glass of wine on special meal occasions. Alcohol has never been a taboo thing in our home, but we lead by example. Alcohol is rarely kept in the house and we certainly never were drunk in front of our children either.
It now appears Alcohol Concern want parents who supply under 15-year-olds with alcohol at home - including during meal times - to face prosecution. I personally think this is ludicrous.
My 16 year old drinks. I don’t know a sixteen year old that doesn’t drink. She knows I am aware she drinks. But, she drinks within a safe level; she knows her limits, because it holds no forbidden temptation. She has been educated, has no hang ups in asking questions relating to teenage peer pressure, and knows she is safe in the knowledge she is loved, does not have to prove to anyone ANYTHING.
Of course there are parents not as responsible, or caring, but how will you control drinking in those homes, unless you stand on watch for days on end. Does the government have those type of resources? I doubt it!
Why doesn’t the government focus on the children that need focusing on? The ones that fall through the gaps and loopholes, don’t attend school, or are excluded for drinking at school (14% are excluded or suspended through drinking at school), constantly arrested for petty crimes, cause anti social behaviour, and need the support and resources in place to provide education and care.
How about the government ploughs some money into that? Educate from primary age, not when it’s too late.
The United Kingdom has the lowest level of child well-being among the world’s richest countries. It is also the most violent country in Europe.
© 2008 Bubo
Added on February 6, 2008
Last Updated on February 6, 2008
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