Governments Educating Parents On Teenage Drinking Habits
Posted Sep 28 2008 5:55pm
Some governments have launched campaigns to educate the parents of teenage drinkers by teaching them safe drinking habits. In the form of a written guide the campaigns will educate and encourage responsible drinking limits to hopefully reduce the amount of teenagers drinking in public.
Some government ministers remain skeptical but will consult with other officials to educate and inform parents on safe drinking limits and at what age. The skepticism is not without reason, there is little evidence of it solving the problem and to some its all ‘too little too late’ as thousands of drunken teenagers stagger the streets after binge drinking sessions.
Who is to blame
Are the parents to blame? Many think so believing that family have the responsibility to care for and educate their own children on what are safe drinking limits and how often drinking can take place. Those parents that have re-offending drunken teenagers could be required to attend parenting classes or face prosecution in similar punishment to the truancy problem that plague many countries.
Some believe its the police’s job to tighten up on patrolling the streets, watching out for gangs and large teenage gatherings for alcohol fueled trouble and binge drinking sessions. By controlling the teenagers before they get out of control could prevent them rampaging the streets on ‘binge’ sessions.
The control comes down to the availability of the alcohol and who is buying it for them.
Although the police will be given tougher powers to repossess those carrying alcohol, those selling alcohol will be targeted by issuing fines and prosecution.
One supermarket announced it would raise its age limit to purchase alcohol from 21 to 25 and require a proof of age card.
Making it worse
Some believe that these kind of measures make the situation worse. With age limits rising, teenagers are finding it increasingly hard to be accepted into the pub so are ‘downing’ alcohol on the streets instead. As staff are facing hefty fines or prosecution they are vigilant in excluding youngsters from their premises, forcing them to drink on the streets.
In Europe, children see alcohol in a different light. It is something enjoyed amongst families and has more respect. In Japan, they have beer vending machines on the street and yet their drinking in public is without any issues.
The UK is the main country in the world with such a major teenage drinking problem. With many downing five to ten units in one drinking session, they have no idea what they are doing to their health.
There’s little evidence to say these government measures will prevent the youngsters binge drinking, especially with vendors displaying ’special offers’ and low prices on the majority brands. A guide is welcome help but only a halfway step. Could we see a ban similar to smoking whereby all marketing material will be banned as well as banishing the drinks to the basement?