Wednesday, 10 October 2007

How to end binge drinking? Let your teenagers have a few

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What's the key to curbing underage binge drinking? Make it legal, according to Stanton Peele, psychologist and author of "Addiction-Proof Your Child." He argues that if you encourage a healthy attitude towards drinking and don't forbid your teenagers from doing it, it will lead to responsible drinking. He cites many countries in Europe as proof, since many countries there allow teenagers to drink and their are less alcohol abuse problems over the pond than here. What do you think?

I'm kind of on the fence about this subject. I do agree that it's safer for kids to drink when their parents are around than to feel pressure to sneak off with their friends to get drunk in a potentially dangerous situation. But are parents really teaching responsible drinking when they're breaking the law to allow their teenager to drink? That seems to be like encouraging them to drive safely by allowing them to speed and run red lights.

Is any amount of alcohol safe for adolescents?

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