Youths and binge drinking.
October 26, 2008 4:06am CST
Maltese teenagers have gained international notoriety for binge drinking. According to a the Economist’s annual pocket world in figures, Malta is the teenage punch-up capital of the world and what makes the Maltese youngsters so cross is too much booze. http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=55002&newscategory=36 What can be done to stop youths from binge drinking? What problems are associated with binge drinking?
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27 Oct 08
Really nowadays unless there is some really strict laws put into force on teenage drinking there isn't a lot anyone can do mainly as drink is so accessible even from the store, they can get adults to but the drink for them so that is another thing that will not stop it..it's a no win situation..and the more teenage bingers there are there will always be more alcholics...littleowl
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26 Oct 08
We have the same problem here in the UK and a similar reputation of "Brits abroad" binge drinking. The government are investigating ways to put an end to this as the health of young people who often tend to drink themselves until they pass-out, is not going to be good in later years. I used to drink heavilly when I was a musician, but if I think I fell over twice in my life, and that was more than enough of a lesson for me to moderate my drinking.
• New Zealand
27 Oct 08
Binge drinking is a social problem in New Zealand too. Instead of just focusing on the young people we should look at ourselves as adults and the drinking culture that we have allowed to develop. Binge drinking is often seen as the domain of youth but this is always in the context of a society where it is culturally acceptable to drink to excess. As we are all aware binge drinking produces 1. Immediate - misuse of cash, accidents, violent behaviour, teenage pregnancy, lack of focus on education etc. 2. Short term - poverty, impact on welfare systems, unemployment, morale, crime etc 3. Long term problems - health, welfare and well being of individuals and communities. It is important that the message "It is NOT ok to be drunk" is broadcast to people. The world has been quite successful in conveying the smoking message. In NZ in particular we have been reasonably successful with the drink driving message. Today in most western societies the message of it is not ok to smoke has come through and even teenagers have taken this on board. While raising the legal age is not necessarily going to help, I think getting the message "IT IS NOT OK TO BE DRUNK" that will make the difference.
• United States
28 Oct 08
As long as teens think of drinking as a right of passage, there will always be binge drinking.Here in the states we have the same problem. The legal age to have a drink is 21.the teens that want to drink, get fake I.D.s and they drink. and then there is college.Most college freshmen are 18.So when they are in college , they drink. I don't think there is anything we can do.
31 Oct 08
I think not just in malta, i guess almost everywhere in the world is facing the same problem.. IT's actually not a serious problem, but it's due to the parents which is causing all these to happen.. Just think back, during the 1990s and earlier, do we have all these problems?? I dun think so, because our parents are strict with us and we have more self control. BUt teenagers now, are more open minded, and parents are giving too much freedom to kids, whom in turn take it for granted and abuse the system.. Maybe what can be done to stop them from binge drinking is to bann them from drinking totally.. lol