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SHOULD SOUTH AFRICA RAISE THE DRINKING AGE TO 21 YEARS?

SHOULD SOUTH AFRICA RAISE THE DRINKING AGE TO 21 YEARS?

THE QUESTION TO ASK IS WILL RAISING THE AGE OF DRINKING TO 21 MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE REASONS PEOPLE DRINK ALCOHOL ,BEARING IN MIND THAT SOUTH AFRICA HAS PLENTY SOCIAL PROBLEMS ;ALCOHOL ABUSE IS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THEM?
RAISING AGE OF DRINKING TO 21 IS A GOOD IDEA IN THEORY. BUT WE FIRST NEED TO ADDRESS WHERE THE PROBLEM OF ALCOHOL ABUSE COMES FROM.

NUMBER ONE = PARENTAL DRINKING HABITS – FIRST PORT OF CALL FOR TEACHING CHILDREN TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY OR NOT. GETTING DRUNK IN FRONT OF CHILDREN CONVEYS WRONG MESSAGE INCREASING INCIDENCE OF YOUNGSTERS OWN ALCOHOL ABUSE.

NUMBER TWO= PRESSURE FROM SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE THAT NOT ONLY IS DRINKING ALCOHOL COOL BUT GETTING DRUNK IS ENCOURAGED AS NORMAL PRACTICE ,AS EVIDENCED AT ANY SOCIAL FUNCTION OR ON TV ADVERTS WITH EMPHASIS THAT NOT DRINKING ALCOHOL SUBJECTS PERSON TO CRITICISM, RIDICULE ,DISRESPECT , ISOLATION , BEING VERY ‘ UNCOOL ‘.

NUMBER THREE= SOUTH AFRICA AS IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD WHERE COMMUNITY DISSOLUTION HAS OCCURRED ,BREEDS A SOCIETY WHERE ALCOHOLISM IS RIFE BUT PEOPLE ARE EITHER IGNORANT OR THEY DO NOT CARE .

NUMBER FOUR = HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH STRATOSPHERE OF SOCIETY WHETHER POOR OR WEALTHY . PEOPLE WILL DRINK AT ANY AGE OR PURCHASE/MAKE ALCOHOL AT ANY PRICE.

NUMBER FIVE= DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES, CHILDREN ABUSE, UNEMPLOYMENT, DEPRESSION, IGNORANCE, UNRAVELLING OF SOCIAL VALUES, LACK OF STRONG LEADERSHIP IN HOME WITH FATHER AS PROMINENT ROLE FIGURE OF INTEGRITY. VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE FUELED BY ALCOHOL IN THE HOME ,INVARIABLY TURN TO ALCOHOL THEMSELVES WHEN THEY GROW UP AND THE PATTERN REPEATS ITSELF EACH GENERATION.

NUMBER SIX = LACK OF CONSEQUENCES FOR DRUNK DRIVERS , LACK OF POLICING USING BREATHALYSERS EACH TIME VEHICLE IS STOPPED BY POLICE DURING DAY OR NIGHT

NUMBER SEVEN= SPORT IN SA IS BY DEFINITION ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL .

SOLUTIONS = 1)WOULD BE BETTER TO START WITH EACH PERSON WHO HAS IMBIBED ALCOHOL BEING BREATHALYSED ON DEPARTURE FROM PUB / RESTAURANT / NIGHTCLUB / SHEBEEN BY POLICE ( OR AT LEAST BY ESTABLISHMENT SELLING ALCOHOL) BEFORE GETTING INTO CAR AND DRIVING THEMSELVES AND / OR PASSENGERS ON PUBLIC ROADS . WHEN I ATTENDED UCT IN 1984, POLICE STOOD OUTSIDE EACH PUB AND BREATHALYSED EACH STUDENT COMING OUT OF PUBS IF THEY WERE DRIVING HOME.

2)SEVERE CONSEQUENCES FOR DRIVING OR ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE DRUNK ; IE HUGE FINE , PRISON SENTENCE WITHOUT BAIL OPTION OF A FEW RANDS AS IS USUAL CASE FOR CRIMINALS ARRESTED IN SA, LOSS OF DRIVER’S LICENCE .

3) FOR GIRLS = EDUCATION ON IMBIBING ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY INCORPORATED INTO SCHOOL CURRICULUM IE LIFE ORIENTATION THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE TO STUDY . IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, FOETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME WAS MOST COMMON IN THE LOWER WORKING CLASS OF POORLY EDUCATED PEOPLE.

4) STOP ALL LIQUOR COMPANIES ADVERTISING ALCOHOL ON TV AND SUPPORTING SPORTS EVENTS. SEVER THAT UNHEALTHY LINK BETWEEN SPORT AND ALCOHOL!

5) MASSIVE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO TEACH ALL CHILDREN AT PRIMARY SCHOOL THAT ALCOHOL IS A TOXIN THAT DAMAGES THE LIVER AND BRAIN AND IF THEY WANT TO LIVE HEALTHY LIVES, NOT DIE IN A CAR ACCIDENT OR BE RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING SOMEONE ELSE ON THE ROADS WHEN THEY LEARN TO DRIVE, PREVENT THE VIOLENCE THAT OFTEN ACCOMPANIES ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, THEN THE OPTION IS TO EITHER NOT DRINK ALCOHOL AT ALL OR DRINK IN MODERATION.

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