Way too young to drink; doing it anyway; how to help?

This new P-I story is a good – if scary – preview of the anti-youth-drinking town-hall event tomorrow night at South Seattle Community College, coordinated by Madison Middle School‘s Renae Gaines, who says the event is an “opportunity to come together to learn more about the new research on underage drinking and its impact on both individuals and the community, and to discuss how our community can implement the recommendations in The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to prevent underage alcohol use.” That’s 6 pm tomorrow @ SSCC. (More helpful info here at the Start Talking Before They Start Drinking site.)

6 Replies to "Way too young to drink; doing it anyway; how to help? "

  • beachdrivegirl April 7, 2008 (8:56 am)

    It would be interesting to hear what they say here. I have been watching High School Confidential on WE and am shocked @ what they do these days… I dont even have kids, and some of what I have seen nearly scares me off.

  • Wes April 7, 2008 (12:06 pm)

    IMO, It may be the result of a pluralistic/relativistic, completely tolerant society. I hear all the time about how we shouldn’t tell kids “no” because this will hurt their “spirit” or “self-esteem”. Or we shouldn’t impose our beliefs on others, even if it means that person gets hurt or there is some obvious consequence. The best is “that’s what they believe is true so it’s right for them” thinking.
    Because of this I believe that we have generations of people and young kids thinking they can do whatever without any consequences.
    So would it be true that to be tolerant of everything would mean that you can not be intolerant of anything?

  • E April 7, 2008 (1:53 pm)

    What is High School Confidential on WE?

  • PSPS April 7, 2008 (2:05 pm)

    It’s a “reality” show on the “We” cable channel. Many people mistake reality shows as, well, reality. In fact, they are entirely scripted. Of course, the more salacious and “shocking” they make the scripts, the more viewers they draw and the more they can charge for advertising.
    Note to beachdrivegirl: Don’t believe anything you see on a “reality” show.

  • missaudreyhorne April 7, 2008 (5:07 pm)

    I don’t know about this High School Confidential show on WE or what “shocking” behaviors were documented, but I can tell you that there is a lot more that goes on with teens than you’d think. I grew up in West Seattle, which is an amazing neighborhood, but there was a TON of underage drinking, sex and drug use going on right in the heart of WS. You’d be surprised.

    Not by me of course, I AM AN ANGEL. Heh.

  • changingtimes April 7, 2008 (5:31 pm)

    Did anyone see the WE about polygamist people?? that was crazy!! you can watch it for free On Demand. Anyways I can tell you that i went to a very distinguished private school in seattle, and you would be surprised at the age even the richest peoples children start experimenting with sex, drugs,and drinking. I remember high school as one huge party!! but also think that it is not so much the drinking that we should be worried about for the next generation i think it is the Pill popping, and other drugs that seem to be a more major issue at this time.

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