allwhiteontheknight write: As a recent Brit, if you get what i mean i can assure that binge drinking is alive and thriving in the UK its a problem in other European countries but not all. the young earn good money and think nothing of spending $200 over a w/e, crazy but that's the way it is, but i also think the drink laws here are crazy, it appears you can marry at 14 in some states drive a car a year later , go to war at 18 yet you can't have a drink and celebrate your 'death' til' 3 years later
well people don't realize the serious ness of it when you get behind a car my self had dwis but the courts dismissed them i agreed to treat ment. drinking can also cause death one of the laading cause of death by alcohol, like cancer aids or heart attacks.
sharp1 write: Canada's drinking age is either 18 or 19 depending on the Province you live in. Throughout the US it is 21 yrs. In Alberta, it is 18. My daughter is approaching 17 in 2 months. Lately, she's been going out to more parties. She had one at my house last weekend on a Thursday night, as no school on Friday. Saturday she wanted to go to another party that approx. 60 kids attended. She was grounded, so for all her begging she didn't get to go. :-) I'm an involved parent...in those kids faces. For whatever reason, herself and all her friends (male/female) talk to me. I hear alot! Maybe because I listen more than telling them what to do. But I do reflect on what they say and try to inject some wisdom, hopefully common sense. Get them thinking. What I've noticed is that when we were growing up, we drank beer! I hated it, so I drank very little. It wasn't until we were around 18, working more, so could afford more, that we began drinking hard alcohol. And when we did drink hard alcohol, we drank it with mix. Today, these kids at 16/17 yrs are already drinking hard alcohol, such as, Malibu Rum, Vodka, Tequila...not Rye, and sometimes Coolers. And often they are drinking shots straight up! Because I know my daughter will drink anyways, I have basically said okay to it, BUT in moderation...don't get plastered! Two or 3 Coolers over the course of 4 - 5 hrs is more than enough. And don't be driving with anyone who has been drinking. Call, I'll pick you up, or take a cab there is money in the cupboard. I always know when she gets home, as I tell her to wake me. Then I talk to her so I can tell if she has had too much to drink. She's usually pretty good. Last weekend, the party she had Thursday here, I was home, yet they hid it well. But the next day, I found out that one of the boys passed out on my son's bed, because he had drank 3/4's of a 26 oz. bottle of Vodka...they were doing shooters. Since my daughter worked that night, no one arrived at my house until 10:30 p.m., talked to me upstairs till 10:45 p.m. It was from 10:45 p.m. till 1 a.m. that he consumed that much! WOW!!! Saturday night, the party my daughter wasn't allowed to attend...this same boy (who an athlete!), drank almost an entire bottle of Vodka again! Also in a very short period of time, and who knows what else he drank...he doesn't do drugs...none of these kids do fortunately. Apparently, his friends wanted to take him to the hospital to have his stomache pumped, but he refused to let them take him, because his parents would find out. I had along talk with my daughter about all this drinking hard alcohol. I'm concerned these kids are going to be in AA by the time they are 19 to 20 yrs old! She tells me she had already decided that she was sticking to Coolers, because she doesn't like being drunk and not remembering whether she had fun at a party or not. She's quit indulging in hard alcohol. If you specifically tell them NO YOU CAN'T DRINK...they will do it behind your back. So is it better to be in the know? With the alcohol age being 21 in the States, does that make a significant difference to young teens drinking or not drinking? In other words, those of you who have teens in the US...are your teens drinking at 16 & 17 yrs old?
Has anyone else noticed this trend from beer to hard alcohol? If so, do you see it as being a concern to leading to more alcoholism?
well sharp report her, thats the problems of to day with teens drugs, and alcohol, down where i am at you get caught your butt is grass so to speak they are startting to buckle down on it they had bad car accidents of it involved, legal age wherei am is 21 you can't drink in a bar if you get caught jail time for youngsters . thats how the ledged hank williams died alcohol in he back seat of a car new years eve night. but hell i use to drink when i was a kid.
As a recent Brit, if you get what i mean i can assure that binge drinking is alive and thriving in the UK its a problem in other European countries but not all. the young earn good money and think nothing of spending $200 over a w/e, crazy but that's the way it is, but i also think the drink laws here are crazy, it appears you can marry at 14 in some states drive a car a year later , go to war at 18 yet you can't have a drink and celebrate your 'death' til' 3 years later
Sharon, when I came of age to drink, I jumped right into the "booze pool" without a paddle or a life jacket! LOL I loved tequila and marguaritas were my favourite unless I was drinking shots with salt and lemon.
My dad, bless his soul, was an alcoholic, and one night, I came home, got half undressed and then passed out on my bed. Next morning, I was in my nightie and all cosy in under the blankets. I knew my dad put me there because my mother would not have put me to bed, she would have creased my forehead with a cast iron frypan.
Next morning, my dad brought a tray up to my room. He gave me a glass of orange juice and told me to drink it down. I was dry as the Sahara and chugged that juice almost as fast as I ran to the bathroom to throw it up. When I went back to my room, my Dad said, "Okay, I know your stomach is squeamish, but at least you have all that crap out of you now. Now, take these Aspirin and drink this water and go back to sleep. I'll come get you for supper and I'll make you a little scrambled egg and some toast. Nothing too much after a bender."
My mother was convinced I inherited the problem with sobriety. She never let me drink when we were out at dinner or something and even convinced my sister to keep an eye on me. lol I was a wicked partier when I was in my late teens, early twenties, but I was NOT an alcoholic. I was a social drinker. LOL
Dad gave me some very good advice:
(much like yours)
* NEVER drink so much that you can't stand up. If you fall down, get up and start drinking coffee ... or
* always drink and then get up and dance your ass off. Work the alcohol out of your system.
* then you can go back and drink if you're going to ANYWAY, but do NOT sit there for long without getting up and dancing it off again.
*NEVER drink and drive.
*NEVER get in a car being driven by someone who has been drinking even one drink!
* NEVER let a friend drive if they've been drinking. Pry the keys out of their battered, bleeding fist if you have to, but DON'T let them get behind the wheel.
* when you get home, leave your clothes on and just loosen them a little. It doesn't matter if you sleep with your clothes on. (this rule made me blush a little)
* lie down and if you look up at the ceiling and it's spinning... even when you put your hand down and hold onto the floor ... DON'T GO TO SLEEP! Get up, take a walk, sit up and read a book, but DO NOT PASS OUT. Wait until the spinning stops or you'll wake up with a killer hang-over.
* BEFORE you go to sleep, take two analgesics and an 8 oz. glass of water. Then lie down and make sure the room doesn't spin, even a little bit, and then you can go to sleep.
That was the BEST darned advice! I used to be able to drink all the guys under the table! lol Dad did NOT know about rohypnol though, and when I was around 24 I was given the date-rape drug, slipped into my drink when I went to the washroom. We won't go into details, but I NEVER let it happen again.
When my daughter turned 19, I told her all the sage advice my father taught me. To this day, (she's 21) she says she has never had a hangover or passed out in someone's car trunk or something.
Neither she, nor I, drink much anymore. Wine with dinner is our big thing now. I don't have an ounce of alcohol or beer or coolers in my fridge, although I enjoy them when I think of them. I guess we got our wild days out of the way. But I thank my Dad for setting me straight when I was young. The great thing about good advice is ...you get to pass it on! lol