Now, I figure this post could be controversial for some as it might look like I’m telling people how to raise their kids and that’s not my intention. It’s just a narrative of personal experiences of myself and of other people. But I suggest that you do read it with an open mind and enjoy it.
Disclaimer done. Now let me get on my soapbox…
Yep, it may look like I’m encouraging teenage drinking, but let me explain myself. Hope you’re comfy where you are, I might take a minute. It started a few weeks ago when my government wanted to increase the legal drinking age. Yes, MY government. I love my country so much, I act like I own it. It actually got me thinking as to whether it will solve our drinking problem. Obviously, I thought it wouldn’t.
What you need to be actually doing is decreasing the legal drinking age. Why? For one simple reason: Teenagers like things. I’ll say it again, TEENAGERS LIKE THINGS. Another thing, teenagers —especially of this generation— have short attention spans. So, they get attracted to things quickly and can get rid of that thing just as quick. Music, fashion trends, role models, you name it. So, why not include vices, such as the popular one of drinking.
Let’s just imagine if kids could only start drinking when they are full-grown adults: let’s say 21. Who knows how many years they were drinking before their 21st birthday party? I’m not saying that all teenagers drink, but it’s noticeable. Why? Because they like things, illegal things. It’s the danger of getting caught that gets them going, that extra burst of adrenalin, you know? So, they start drinking, then they start binge drinking and then comes the 1st “toilet-hugging session”. Anybody will tell you that is a session you’d rather want to miss. You then vow to stop drinking, but then you probably get back into it after 1 week —but from now on— you’ll know when you’ve had enough.
That’s what you need to know in order to prevent over-indulging: knowing your limit. Depending on the type of person you are, that is a limit you’ll hold on to for your drinking career. Some people hold true to this process, others don’t care and keep crossing their drinking limits. We are concerned about the latter, but I’m not talking on their behalf. But, government makes them the poster children on how not to live your life. Which explains their reasons for wanting to put this into law.
Remember when I said that teenagers have goldfish-like memory? How are they gonna find their limits when they only do it from adulthood? That’s usually the time period where society expects you to be a responsible somebody, but you’re now here drinking like you’re a college student? “That’s unacceptable” would be the response from the masses. Also, who’s to say they’ll even stop at alcohol? They could start getting into hard drugs. Some could even skip booze, skip weed and jump right into cocaine or heroin and the others. But, hey, that’s not what government tells you. But if you look around properly, you might see it.
So, as much it seems to be that an activity meant for responsible people is being introduced to irresponsible ones, it seems to be a way for them to be more in control of their vices. It might not be a foolproof plan, but at least it can try be progressive. Unfortunately, this would work better in more liberal environments like European countries. But, T.I.A (This Is Africa), and we’re more conservative here. If you believe it won’t work, that’s fine. The least you could do is hear other opinions. After all, a great relationship arises from good listening.
Think about it…