Underage drinking is increasing

2016-12-06 06:01

THE infamous teenage years are a prime time for trying new things and asserting one’s independence.

As teens transition into adulthood, they often become tempted by adult activities. Alcohol products are increasingly designed to appeal to teenagers, which is leading to an increase in usage across the country and the world.

The government should educate parents and teens with a series of hard-hitting messages about underage drinking and adult consequences, on radio, in newspapers, on mobile billboards and other areas.

Our society frequently, and sometimes inadvertently, portrays alcohol consumption and drug-taking in a positive light.

Many movies, television shows, advertisements, and other forms of mass media, show young people using and enjoying substances without negative consequences.

Let’s raise the legal drinking age to 21 years, remove the sale of alcohol from places such as universities, and allow only venues also serving food to sell alcohol outside normal business hours.

The money saved on the reduction of alcohol-related violence could be put to developing lifelong interests for the benefit of everyone.

It’s time to also hold businesses fully accountable for the illegal sale of alcohol to teenagers, with increased fines, if necessary.

RUGEN PILLAY

Durban

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