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Question: what are you surgesstions to solve underage drinking ?

Asked by itzhazza to Alastair, Elaine, Jane, Sandra, Ted on 28 Sep 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Sandra McDowallSandra McDowall answered on 24 Sep 2010:

    I think responsible drinking should be taught at an early age. If everyone was encouraged to enjoy a little wine with food or a couple of beers whilst watching a movie, then the attitude to drink would change. You really don’t have to get legless to have a good time.


  • Photo: Elaine MurrayElaine Murray answered on 24 Sep 2010:

    Educating kids about the dangers of alcohol, providing alternative activities for young people, enforcing the law regarding providing alcohol for under 18s.


  • Photo: Alastair WittsAlastair Witts answered on 27 Sep 2010:

    They have ‘underage’ drinking in places like France, where children are introduced to wine (watered down, of course) at an early age. But this is with the family meal and I think this is the answer, the example we should copy. Instead, we take alcohol separate from food and away from a civilised situation, like a family meal. Instead we have groups whose sole intention is to get drunk and with as much down the hatch in as short as possible a time. They wouldn’t do that if their granny was sitting next to them, would they? But until we copy the civilised French, I think teenagers who have gone on a binge should be ‘encouraged’ to look at x-rays of older people whose liver is wrecked through ten or twenty years hafd drinking. It’s not clever.


  • Photo: Jane MaitlandJane Maitland answered on 28 Sep 2010:

    If drink remains a forbidden fruit, and we all just laugh when people are drunk, nobody will ever acually solve it. It’s human nature.

    But, in the meantime, ideally fine shops (more) for selling drink to underage, and have a two strikes and you are out approach to renewing an off premises licence via the Licensing Boards if a shop contravenes the law.
    Get people to to bring up their children responsibly. Yes, I know, easier said than done, but I do sometimes think that if people could actually see and hear themselves when they are blootered, they might see losers not winners, and take a wee bit less.

    Summon parents to the police station to fetch their children if drunk or in possession of drink (we ought not take them home, that’s being a nanny, not a police officer)
    Stop making drinking such a big deal in society.

    It will seem really odd but society’s attitudes havce changed so much. Thirty years ago there was a stigma about getting drunk – it was shameful if it was habitual. And if you had a bottle of gin at all in your room at uni, it lasted a whole term because it was so expensive.

    I confess I am tempted by the idea of increasing the price of alcoholic units, but it would only work if it was all UK. If it was only Scotland, can you imagine the cross border activity at Gretna??!