December 12, 2011
Okay, I recently received an email from Rebecca, with some really good questions about young people drinking, and the problems that this culture can lead to.
So first I just want to thank Rebecca, but add that this only is my own personal opinion, and that any recommendations made by StopDrinkingAdvice.org is just good wholesome advice.
Anyway, on to the first question…
Do you think allowing people to bring their own alcohol into clubs is a good idea? If not why?
No, definitely not. The whole alcohol culture is just an excuse to make people believe that they cannot have a good time without alcohol, and clubs are on the whole an arena full of available addictions, so I would not loosen the restrictions already in place, I would add further restrictions to make to more difficult to purchase alcohol in the first place. The real problem is that too much money is made by selling alcohol, making any changes to protect people from alcohol even more complicated.
Do you think it will encourage young people to drink more?
Well yes it certainly will as the cheaper they can purchase alcohol at the more people will drink, so maybe as has been done with cigarettes, tax on alcohol should be increased to help push up the price of alcohol. Although if we are too just focus on Clubs, then maybe the first 2 or 3 drinks could be cheaper, as a way to restrict converting a social habit into an alcohol addiction.
Do you think it will encourage an increase in appropriate behavior such as fighting among people while on a night out?
Now you have touched a different aspect of drinking here, as we know that alcohol does lead in violence in some people, but not everybody. So although alcohol can lead to violence, it is not the only cause.
What advice would you give for young people who are buying their own alcohol before entering clubs and pubs in North East England?
My advice would be to remember that alcohol needs to given a great respect, and that with the more one drinks, the more risk they are at in getting hurt. When young people drink, they only need to know that they have to maintain a complete control over their actions, and more important of all that they manage to get home safely.
I realize that there does exist a drinking culture in North East England, but always remember not to mix alcoholic drinks, and never drink if you have to drive home later. Keep alcohol under control, and enjoy the nightlife available without ruining your life by abusing alcohol… It all goes back to plain old just being sensible!!!