Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Getting serious about teen drinking (Laconia, MA) March 23, 2011

"These were certainly not the first teen drinking bashes to take place, and they certainly will not be the last.
What is especially distressing beyond this weekend's parties themselves is the reaction of some parents.
Laconia Police Lt. Matt Canfield said Monday that the department had received a number of calls from parents upset that police had taken their youngsters in.
What were those parents thinking? In some ways their irresponsibility is even greater than that of their kids.
It is bad enough that young people break the law by consuming alcohol before their 21st birthdays. There are also significant long-term health risks. Kids who begin drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcoholics than those who start drinking at the legal age of 21. That is why parents have a duty to their children to help them make good decisions." Read More

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