posted on Aug, 7 2012 @ 05:46 AM
Originally posted by Panic2k11
Binge drinking is a cultural problem. ..
That is what I was trying to say...
On the continent, as alcohol is introduced to youngsters much earlier because it is part of their culture (be it the French/Italians with their wine
etc), there isn't the taboo associated with it. There is no need to rebel as a teenager and get smashed if you already have access to it and have been
drinking for years. I actually had my first hangover at about the age of 7, as I got into my dads beer stash and got quite legless. I didn't touch
alcohol again until I was 16 and finished school. I still don't ever drink to excess or particularly enjoy being drunk, to be honest.
In the UK, we have some pretty strong taboos regarding youngsters and booze. As a result, most are kept well away from it for as long as possible and
like all kids they will desire something more if it is forbidden.
This is a recent phenomenon though, as not too long ago young teenager boys could be seen in pubs and allowed to sip a pint or two, knowing they were
under the watchful eye of the elders. If they stepped out of line, or mucked about, they'd be thrown out with a thick ear by the locals.
Nowadays, kids are stopped at every turn even getting near alcohol, I mean we even get ID'd for it up until 25!! I still get ID'd (I am 30) when
buying the odd bottle, which leads to some rather stupid looking cashier trying to explain to me (with my 3 kids and paying on a credit card which you
can only have if you're 18+) and her manager why I can't have 2 bottles of Abbot Ale.
edit on 7/8/12 by stumason because: (no reason