Originally posted by anon
@ WA - See in US its 21 - IMO i think thats high - because more teens are more likely to do it because 'its cool' and so they will do it illegally. Plus not fair to those who are sensible. As there are lots who do drink at home with parent's - but would not say that they are encouraging them to drink loads. I mean if its with permission and monitored then its not a problem. You know there is problem? Because with more restrictions, teens will just rebel and its far more damaging if parents dont know.
But most definitely agreed - parents responsibility as role model and to enforce and set the rules. Kids copy friends and family.
Yeah i had a smiliar presentation too on Alcohol - they gave it before xmas some years before. But yes me also doesnt get why Teens remain immature on this matter. I don't drink - and i am quite glad i wont get into such an expensive habit
and if you have never had something you don't miss it. So im glad i dont need alcohol to have a good time.
Yh well its not about restricting alcohol - wont work - its about education of Adults and Teens alike. Its also about monitoring binge drinking like here in UK.
Yeah alcohol is common nature of both US/Europe. In Dubai its frowned upon - well everything is there but they turn a blind eye to Westerners if its inside private properties like Hotels. So UK/US isn't regulated by Shariah Law so only way to curb it is to educate as young children. IMO as a teen - can be late.
Btw in US seeing as Law = 21 and not 18 like UK and its like 14 in some places but does it work? Surely more will just do it illegally?
Yeah, see that's the problem. Although there seems to be a correlation between the lower legal drinking age and the number of individuals affected by alcoholism, we don't have any way to tell if its a direct correlation or not. For example, if today a bill was passed in the US that allowed all those above the age of 18 to drink, do you think kids would suddenly say, oh I don't want to do that, just because I can do it. No, it wont' work that way. It might work for the future generations, but we'll be letting the current generation go to waste in the process. Is that worth it?
Hmm, Dubai is a different case. Shariah law exists there, and although many complain about religion and politics mixing, sometimes it can be a good thing.
Alcoholism itself is the problem. What I don't understand is what are the parents doing when these kids are out drinking day and night? I understand that college is different, we have dorm rooms and parties, and one is expected to drink, but high school students suffering from alcoholism is ludicrous.
Coming to college students, well I don't drink - never had, never will, neither do any of the people that I hang out with. But alcohol is automatically associated with college students, as though its part of the package. I think a self-fulfilling prophecy is involved here, parents just accept that when their kids go to college drinking and partying is a normal routine. And its not. In fact, TV shows promote it as well. Shows like Greek (which is about the whole Greek organization in college) concentrates so hard on alcohol, or Gossip Girl (which concentrates on high school) is only concerned with sex, drugs, and alcohol. I don't know about you, but I didn't see any of that in high school. Call it ignorance if you will.