Alcohol for Minors or Majors?

by cynthiachu on September 18, 2013 - 9:32pm

 

We are now found in a generation where age has only become a simple number. Youth nowadays is living in a fast paste where minor people want to be considered as adults and want to taste the pleasure of being one, such as the taste of alcohol. What interested me in the title was that it is obviously true that a 15 years old child should not drink alcohol and that it is not even needed to question it.

In this article, it talks about the proximity between young children and alcohol nowadays. According to Sir Liam Donaldson, government’s chief medical officer, there is a very large number of children that have first started to consume alcohol at the age of 13. In fact, he claims that the third of a million eleven and fifteen years old children in the United Kingdom drink alcohol once a week. He also explains the serious damages that alcohol has on a child’s brain, especially because, at their age, the brain is still developing itself.

I find it very sad that the young adults or adolescents want to act more than their actual age. I mean, you have only one life to live and one should not be skipping some important steps of learning. I think that they should completely enjoy their childhood because they do not know what they will be missing. If this process continues, we will soon be living in a world where it is normal to see a 12 years old child who is already having drinking problems. Personally, at this age, the only thing that my parents were allowing me to drink from time to time was soda.

However, the young children are not the only one to be blamed in this situation. In fact, the medias need to be put to blame too: They do place the image of alcohol as a good thing, which tempts them. For example, they are a lot of movies where young adults are seen with a bottle of alcohol in their hand while partying or having fun. And one needs to understand that at such a young age, children are more likely to be influenced because they have not developed a critical mind yet. Therefore, it is not surprising to see that children tend to link alcohol with fun or alcohol with appearing ‘’cool’’. And I think it is our duty to fix this false conception before it gets worse.

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2009/jan/29/alcohol-children-health

Comments

I totally agree with you that media doesn’t help in alcohol problems with teens. They do the total opposite; they show teenagers having fun with alcohol. And this is a really bad thing, because now, teens see alcohol more of an amusement. It is not for nothing that here in Canada, you need to be 18 or more to buy some. Teens should not drink alcohol under that age, because of the bad effects it can have on the brain, while it still develops. Let’s not lie; we all drank some in our life, even if we are not 18. But imagine if there was no law, how this problem would be even bigger. In this article, http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/special-populations-co-occurring..., there is a list of effects and injuries alcohol can cause on teenagers. Personally for me, when I will have a child, I will try to explain to him that laws aren’t there just for pleasure. Someone decided them because they prevent incidents.

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