Posted: 06 February 2009 at 2:32pm
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The legal drinking age in the US is 21. But the actual at which some teens are exposed to alcohol is a lot earlier. Despite all the education against drugs and alcohol that schools provide, kids are involved in both at such high rates. And they really don't understand the effects of alcohol. Reading to them the effects or telling it to them, hasn't been beneficial either.
Some kids at home are allowed to have some amount of alcohol with parent's permission, but is that right? Is that not encouraging them to drink alcohol without the parent's permission as well? In France, kids drink wine, and supposedly there's no alcohol problem among teens there. Would that be the route to take?
In Driver's Ed, we're taught about the risks of drinking and driving, but that doesn't really reinforce the idea when one is doing it, does it? Teens still think that drinking alcohol is "cool". We see so many deaths year after year in alcohol-related accidents. Drunk driving, wasting away your body by drinking alcohol, addiction, etc.
In general, we as humans, have a hard time learning from other's mistakes. And that's quite unfortunate.
Anyways, I'm just rambling about things that you've already said. I believe your post was meant to ask for a solution. Well, I think its something that starts at home, with parents. Parents have to be an example for their children, a role model.
When I was in high school, we had a presentation in which parents who had lost their children due to drunk driving come in and talk to us and pour their heart and tears out. Another part of the presentation was when prisoners who were in jail for drunk driving came in and spoke to us. One such woman, who was serving an 8-year sentence said she'd killed her best friends. It was the most depressing presentation I've ever seen. And after seeing that, I still can't understand why teens are so immature. Who's fault is it?
One small remedy to this problem is to stop promoting Bud-Lite and Miller beers during Superbowl commercials, yes, yes, I know they tend to be the best ones. Also, alcohol is nowadays combined with American culture like apple pie. Kids don't know how to see it any other way, when they see their parents getting wasted every Friday night.
Sorry, too much rambling, hopefully this will be semi-coherent.
Edit: Forgot to add about donating organs. Of course they qualify, people will always be stupid, but we shouldn't take away their lives from them to make them realize their mistake. Think about it this way, should a doctor refuse to save a person who attempted suicide? No, right? Same way we can't deny alcoholics rights to organs, although it is "their fault".
Edited by *Woh Ajnabee* - 06 February 2009 at 6:08pm