March 30, 2012

Square Off Friday

The tragic death of a local teen after a night of drinking with not just his parents permission, but in their presence, has set off a rollercoaster of emotions for many.

The law says you can serve underage kids alcohol in your home; they step outside that door, they're breaking the law.

Kids will be kids? Better in front of me than behind my back? My kid would never do that?

Join us for a touchy, but important, subject. CHCH 11 at 5:30.

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Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Oh how I wish I could have seen this one. We're past this stage now but wrestled mightily with it. We were not the "cool" parents that allowed the kids to drink at our house. If our daughters had a party here it was alcohol free. But they left the house sober and I never noticed a lack of laughter.

I always was up when the girls got home from a party. We would talk about who zoomed who at the party and I would sniff their breath. Not once were they drunk, although I know there were a couple of times they had a drink or two. But these days kids really do get the no drinking and driving thing. They always had a DD and half the time it was my daughter.

A touchy subject, though.

March 30, 2012 8:15 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Less of a problem in Europe. Alcohol has been mythologized to excess in North America. In France, pre teens drink it in moderation as part of their meals. Italy, much the same. Remove the allure and learn the responsible way to drink and you will not have this problem. For those who have a disease or addictive personality, the sooner you find out about it and get treatment, the better. Learning to cope with that during puberty isn't ideal.

March 31, 2012 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up with my parents serving us alcohol at dinner a la European method. And back then we could drink in restaurants and sit in bars with our parents. I didn't see alcohol as special and didn't think much of it. My brother, however, became a closet alcoholic by the age of 10 and woke up more than once in jail or the hospital. In one incident, he had his jaw broken and was so inebriated that they had to wait 24 hours for the alcohol to leave his system before they could knock him out to operate on his jaw. He was about 16 when it happened.

It's a myth that European young adults are more responsible drinkers. They actually drink more at one sitting and more often than in the US (where I live.) Seven years ago I attended college in London and I saw more binge drinking than I ever saw in the US and amongst adults, it seemed like half the country was a functioning alcoholic. When I saw Woody Allen's movie 'Match Point' my first thought was that he nailed the drinking habits of Londoners.

I believe the reason European youth get a 'more responsible' card is because most of them don't drive. The reality is that Europe has more alcohol related deaths than the US.

April 04, 2012 12:24 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

I wasn't including England when I mentioned Europe. They are and always were separate. It is sui generis. Didn't join the EEC for years, didn't join Euro confederation. In every culture you will have heavy drinkers and alcoholics. I'm not sure the college environment is the best place to compare drinking behaviour. Wasn't Cambridge or Eton that started the Royal Silly Bugger's Society in which rite of initiation included getting blitzed? Hmm, almost sounds like Yale and Harvard...or Fort Lauderdale during Spring Break. The people I saw weren't drinking to get loaded, but they were teens.

April 04, 2012 12:45 PM  

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