Laws Will Not Stop Our Youth Binge Drinking

“We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President, October 11th, 1798. Address to the military.

“Supermarkets are driving binge drinking with aggressive pricing and should be banned from selling alcohol” – NZ Hospitality Association. March 7th 2011. Submission on the New Zealand Government’s Alcohol Reform Bill.

Ah well, I guess this is what some would call evidence that over 200 odd years we have progressed. But have we really, when our youth is characterised by a previously unknown fascination with excessive self medication commonly referred to as “binge drinking”? Its a phenomenon that also characterises the modern secular and socialist state the Progressives have built over the last half century. The libertines, who allow so much, but then, when the results of unrestrained indulgence become apparent, prostrate themselves before powerful government, and seek new laws and more police to deal with the outcomes.

Leaving aside the Hospitality Association’s obvious attempt to use the submission process to improve its own commercial position, binge drinking will not be stopped by laws and police. It is a social characteristic bred by poor or absent parenting and the conditions by which a child might grow to adolescence and then to adulthood. How come binge drinking is not a problem that Singapore’s parents have with their children? Our laws are not the problem. We need far fewer laws and regulations, not more. Our people are the problem, and its time we stopped fooling ourselves on that score.

4 thoughts on “Laws Will Not Stop Our Youth Binge Drinking

  1. The Hospitality Association is being disingenious. They make their money at the bar. If they were not charging such high prices, the kids would not be preloading before going to such places.

    Having recently had the problem of teenagers and alcohol, no matter how much you try to curb excessive alcohol abuse in your home through education and ensuring that alcohol is not a novelty, the parents of your children’s friends have to bear a huge blame as being enablers of the culture of binging. Teenage girls of 14 and 15 have their friends around for ‘drinks’!

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  2. I’m 27, the peer pressure was huge when I was in my late teens, early twenties… A tee totaler now but I can see how and why alcoholism is grabbing so many young people…

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  3. John Adams’ quote – “We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – really says it all.

    It sums up everything which is wrong with the now largely secular West. The unsubmitted human heart is a dark evil thing – and no force, government or otherwise, is able to tame it. Until we revert back to a time when we instilled morals and values, not to mention belief in the God who sets those standards, then our society will continue to fail. Our kids are the “canary in the coalmine” and reveal just what a toxic place Western societies have become.

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  4. Reverse the law changes made in the 90’s. No off licences in dairies and supermarkets – only in wholesale liquor stores. Also look at what they are selling. No individual beer cans, alcopops or other spirits – only by the bottle. Drinking age at 20 years in clubs if with adults. No drinking in bars. They have proven they are bloody irresponsible with liquor. Mind you so have many adults. The fact they can go into the armed forces is actually irrelevant – because you can fire a rifle accurately has nothing to do with drinking. What they do overseas has nothing to do with NZ.

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