Go to a pub and the bartender will say, ‘What’s your poison?’ He doesn’t say, ‘What’s your longevity-enhancing health-promoting beverage?’ does he? So we choose and drink the poison, weaken our liver and get sick from the poison. Duh.
It is a middle class obsession, the idea that younger children should be introduced to alcohol. The earlier children are introduced to alcohol, the more likely they are to become binge drinkers as teenagers and heavy drinkers as adults. Fact.
Deadly liver diseases are rising across the world every year, with alcohol mostly to blame. The liver will keep your weight healthy and save your life if you look after it so here are my top 5 tips for a healthier liver. Live healthy = healthy liver.
Why do I strongly recommend you not allow or support your children to drink early? The earlier they start, the more likely they will abuse alcohol as adults, the more likely they will suffer harm from alcohol, and the more likely they will be abused while drunk.
Many parents believe that providing alcohol to their child to take to parties or drink at a meal is more responsible than restricting them from consuming alcohol. This is not the case. The earlier you drink, the more likelihood the harm.
In New Zealand, 90% of young weekend admissions to hospital emergency departments are there for alcohol-related events. The alcohol industry, like the tobacco industry, has long shown itself unwilling to acknowledge the extent of the harms it causes.
Heavy alcohol use among adolescents led to a decrease in the size of the frontal lobes, date rape, violence, sickness, comas, drowning, car crashes, heinous injuries, brain damage, crime, property destruction, paralysis and pointless death.
Tweenagers aged 10–12 and teenagers aged 13–17 are where most alcohol abuse disorders start. The median age of ‘onset for alcohol abuse’ is just 14 years old. Give your kids alcohol and they immediately increase their risk of alcohol abuse.
Tragically, an entire generation of young New Zealand women — the age of my precious daughter, Tove — will end up with higher rates of breast cancer, bowel cancer, and heart disease and liver diseases thanks to the current growing problem of teenage drinking.