80% of surveyed kids drink alcohol

2012-04-22 22:10

Johannesburg - Nearly 80% of a group of surveyed Gauteng high school pupils regularly consume alcohol, according to findings released by the Bureau for Market Research (BMR) on Sunday.

Of the 4 346 pupils in Grade 8 to Grade 12 who were quizzed, 66.6% said they had been drunk, 44.8% had done "binge drinking" and 79.4% regularly consumed alcohol, according to the survey by the bureau, which is part of Unisa.

According to Antoinette Basson in the BMR's youth research unit (YRU), the study was motivated by the need for contemporary information on the subject, which she said placed an enormous burden on South African society.

"The YRU research study identified that learners often find themselves in an environment where illicit drugs and alcohol are easily accessible and used by their peers, which make resistance very difficult," the BMR said.

Pupils said they were using the substances for stress relief and recreation.

Almost three in every 10 pupils - 26.9% - who participated in the study said they use illicit drugs, with dagga the most popular. A total of 95.4% of the drug users said they used it.

Cigarette smoking and hubbly bubblies were becoming more popular among secondary school pupils, particularly girls, and were not associated with the negative consequences of tobacco smoking.

More than half of the pupils surveyed (53.8%) said they trust their parents for advice on drug use and alcohol consumption.

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-22 23:34

    For some reason or another, educated, middle-class women in their youth are very fond of dagga. I always thought it would work the other way around.

      sachasea - 2012-04-23 14:14

      Dagga is proven to be much safer than either alcohol or tobacco so I can sympathize totally with people who prefer to use it over those other horrible substances. It can even stop cancerous tumors in their tracks. One has to ask oneself why the government is denying us a safer option?

      Buzz - 2012-04-25 13:59

      In terms of intoxicants (legal or not), dagga is as safe as it gets. It would therefore make sense that young middle class folks would make up their own minds and choose dagga, rather than blindly follow the herd.

  • Grant - 2012-04-23 00:01

    I hope nobody is surprised by this ladies and gents. One just has to turn on the radio/television for 10 minutes to hear how this is consciously promoted. I feel very sorry for kids nowadays. They are frowned upon for this kind of behaviour yet the mass media promotes it... what confusing times we live in.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-23 00:47

    I believe that children in SA feel what their parents feel: a lack of hope. Unless we teach them to look forward and find a reason to live, SA will remain a country of crime and selfishness.

  • Nayrb - 2012-04-23 00:56

    Parents are to blame,no control and discipline over their children.

      Irma - 2012-04-23 11:45

      I don't agree with you there. I have been there before, drinking on the weekends, heck I even used to stay out until 05:00 during the week, then come home and get ready to go to school. When I was 16. I don't blame my parents at all. They did the best considering the circumstances, and when they eventually found out what I was doing, boy was I in trouble. Kids are very good at hiding what they are doing, and it is sometimes out of a parents control. To blame the parents is to basically let the teens off the hook, and that's not right.

  • Billy - 2012-04-23 02:18

    Its because some people think its inhumane to give a child a hiding. As a child you play with a match, you burn your finger, you learn. You play with a needle, you prick your finger, you learn. You backchat a teacher, you get a hiding, you learn. etc.. Today, you tell a teacher to go fck themself, nothing happens, you realise there were no actual consequences, they put you on detention, you dont go, no consequences.. There is a difference between a hiding and beating someone. Making corporal punishment illegal does not stop a bad person from beating someone els, its like lowering the speed limit to stop speeding. Its natural not do the thing that caused you pain previously. Would be geat if people stopped trying to be like America(fck yeah!)

      Cathy - 2012-04-23 06:35

      Billy for president!

      Mike - 2012-04-23 14:49

      Give Billy a Bottle of Bells! i grew up getting hidings, never beatings or abused, but if i caught on nonsense i would get @ss warming. I still love both my parents, as parents and as my best friends, im not abusive in any way, i have no violent tendicies, im not an alcohalic or drug addict. My father never drank but never condemded having a drink in moderation either, i say its up to parents and kids, Kids follow by example but they also resonsible for themselves

  • Thabo - 2012-04-23 06:07

    You didnt even have to run a survey - somethings are out there in the public

  • Afsar Khan - 2012-04-23 06:15

    The question is when does a child stop being a child? The law says its 18 i think, but we are all aware of adults who smoke, drink and consume alcohol with minors and there are those that sell these drugs to them as well... these people are clearly immature in their adult years so how on earth can drug sales(alcohol is a drug!) be regulated effectively coz the ancient idea of have an age limit clearly isn't working and inappropriate!

  • Afsar Khan - 2012-04-23 06:21

    another thing some drugs are legal and some are not and thats only because government is making a helluva lot of money on alcohol sales. In my opinion and correct me if im wrong but alcohol is far worse a drug than dagga. Alcohol makes some people angry and lose their sense of judgement, while dagga has a calming effect if i had to trade vices i would rather smoke than drink!

      lesley.kensley - 2012-04-23 09:31

      I disagree, both alcohol and dagga makes some people aggresive. dagga makes people more aggresive than alcohol. with alcohol u see blurry you speak blurry but with dagga u loose sense of reliaty. it also depends on the type of person and the way they consume alchol or the dagga. if they have problems at home work or relationship ect all in all if consumed long enough sooner or later you will become a slave to alchol or dagga.

      sachasea - 2012-04-23 14:39

      You're wrong Lesley. Dagga or rather Cannabis does not make people more aggressive especially when compared to alcohol. In fact I doubt I've ever seen someone using Cannabis get angry and I have met many people who use Cannabis over the years. If we're talking about alcohol on the other hand it's a well established fact that it accentuates aggressiveness and violence in people disposed to such behaviors. Please provide at least one link to back up your argument next time. Making assertions without providing some form of evidence is not very scientific. You don't 'lose your sense of reality' on cannabis either. Have you tried it yourself? If so you'd know that it doesn't render you unable to tell what is real and what isn't so that statement is utter nonsense.

      sachasea - 2012-04-23 14:47

      Comparing alcohol and Cannabis is like comparing chalk and cheese. Two totally different things. Safer for the Consumer - Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. - People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. - The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. - Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. - Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. - Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. - Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not. Safer for the Community - Alcohol use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Marijuana use does not. - Alcohol use is a major factor in violent crimes. Marijuana use is not. - Alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Marijuana use does not.

      sachasea - 2012-04-23 18:35

      Yes there is reported to be some rudimentary evidence to support that hypothesis Janine. But here's the conundrum: while marijuana went from being a secret shared by a small community of hepcats and beatniks in the 1940s and '50s to a rite of passage for some 70% of youth by the turn of the century, rates of schizophrenia in the U.S. have remained flat, or possibly declined. For as long as it has been tracked, schizophrenia has been found to affect about 1% of the population. Surely with an increase in cannabis use there too would be a noticeable increase in schizophrenia, which hasn't been the case. One explanation may be that the two factors are coincidental, not causal: perhaps people who have a genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia also happen to especially enjoy marijuana. Still, some studies suggest that smoking pot can actually trigger the disease earlier in individuals who are predisposed, and yet researchers still aren't seeing increases in the overall schizophrenia rate or decreases in the average age of onset. More credible, independent research is definitely needed in this area before we can better understand the true dynamics though.

      sachasea - 2012-04-23 19:13

      Janine just one more thing I'd like to add. Have you ever heard of Alcohol-related psychosis? It affects far more people yet is rarely addressed or spoken about. Something very wrong there.

      Buzz - 2012-04-25 14:23

      @ Afsar: You are correct, dagga is safer than alchohol on every level. @ Lesley: Thank you for your second hand opinion. I prefer dagga to alchohol becuase dagga in fact keeps me very much in touch and acutely aware of reality, where as alchohol let's both reality and self control slip. @ Janine: Funny thing about the schizo thing is that there are no numbers to support this theory or any explanations as to the how of this suggested link. 90% of schizo's are cigarette smokers and 90% of that are heavy cigarette smokers. Pennies for pounds, cigarettes should then be the first logical vedict in a link in schizophrenia, but I've never heard anyone so much as mention this as a link.

  • Olebogeng - 2012-04-23 06:22

    Ba ka se tlhoke ba nwa le teachers.

  • Afsar Khan - 2012-04-23 06:30

    and ... another thing alcohol Marketing is Targeting the youth!!!... Look at the advert for castle lite ...the one with the yeti in it... obviously this is appealing to an immature young mind! Wake Up ppl alcohol is being made marketed and sold to the youth these companies aren't interested in selling to mature responsible drinkers they want ppl to start drinking younger and the younger the better that way they have a lifetime of repeat business ... oh yeah and alcohol IS STILL A DRUG! whether youre old or young it still remains a drug...

  • Afsar Khan - 2012-04-23 06:34

    just a thought imagine an advert on TV for a twenty pack of Bob Marley light joints ... is that wrong? y when you watching an alcohol ad is it OK ? Both are drugs!

  • karabo.caiphus1 - 2012-04-23 07:11

    you knw am woried abt our law y they dnt wnt tobacco 2 be avertised, whl they allow alchol, hai they most stop both of thm...

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-23 07:21

    I was 14 when I had my first drink, back in boarding school. I was 15 when I got drunk for the first time, also back in boarding school. The peer pressure at this stage is very hard for many teenagers. Note that it has nothing to do with my parents, as they are both teetotalers and have always warned me against alcohol.

      Bibi - 2012-04-23 07:40

      @Gcwabe: You were a typical teenager then. You look fine to me now.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-23 07:45

    One of the many reasons Alcohol advertising in Sports is an unnecessary Evil. The Kids are growing up thinking drinking is part of RSA culture....IT IS NOT.

  • Tlou - 2012-04-23 08:06

    where dd we go wrong?our future is in drunk hands...

  • Wisemad Mcmawle - 2012-04-23 08:20

    Our government are the one who made it to look like it is now, they should've put age restriction of 22 years and above to be allowed to buy alcohol and cigarette now they made from 18 yrs 18 yrs is still every young they even have 16 yrs friends so you can imagine what will happen when they are together. Now government want to stop the ad for alcohol to reduce they way alcohol is been abuse those people who takes alcohol they don't need ad copy or ad clip from tv to buy alcohol they use money only and they know where to buy weather advertised or not.

  • mknnko003 - 2012-04-23 11:41

    We perceive these Statistics as conventional quantities and we yield them for Granted. They reflect an unevenly territory in this country and clearly, the display reality including the fact that they exclude the unreported act.Fwe weeks ago I incribed an article tittled "We need good parenting in this world" an the comments mocked me but reality check is yet to be unveiled.

  • Irma - 2012-04-23 11:42

    I have to admit, I was one of those 16 year old girls drinking every weekend. Do I blame my parents? Not at all. Do I blame my peers? No, I didn't have a gun to my head. Do I blame TV for glamourising drinking? No, everyone knows TV is fake. I blame my own stupidity and lack of self control and respect for myself. It's time high schools start introducing regular talks on drug and alcohol abuse, as well as pep talks about self respect, peer pressure, etc. They need to get people who have been there in to talk. The last time I saw something like that was when I was in primary school, when we had a recovering heroin addict come to the school and talk, show us his arms and scare the crap out of us. They don't do that in high school, from what I believe, and I really think it would go a long way to prevent this kind of behaviour.

  • ANASKA - 2013-04-02 11:13

    This is indeed shocking news - it seems to be an impossible task getting the youth of today from abusing alcohol and drugs - Parents shuld take responsabilities for the action of their children and set an example - FULL STOP - ALCOHOL DAMAGE GREY CELLS

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