“Parents are the major supplier of alcohol to the under 18s. Many of these do so with the best of intentions, to introduce alcohol in a safe, supervised environment, with the aim of moderating a child’s drinking”
Professor Richard Mattick, Chief Investigator, National Drug and Research Centre, UNSW Australia, September 2014.
“…those children who are given alcohol by their parents may be more likely to seek out alcohol from a variety of other sources”
Dr Monika Wadolowski, PhD, Australia, September 2014.
“In New Zealand, alcohol causes the most admissions to emergency departments, while 10% of drinkers cannot not stop once they start drinking and 8% have had a blackout while drinking”
The 2014 Global Drugs Survey.
There is a high level of interest in the alcohol discussion and it is a very topical one in the media right now. As a health researcher and best-selling author, I have studied alcohol for over 20 years and have been a non-drinker for over 30 years. My interest is of an open and honest ‘educated and informed’ environment around alcohol and our children.
My opinion, formed through long term research into drinking habits of the young, the radically changed environment we now live in (alcohol sadly has been normalized), modern social media pressures and the high drinking risks for unconsented sexual activity and abuse of our daughters, leads me to recommend to all parents a mature, informed and proactive intelligent attitude towards alcohol and our young ones.
My research starts with an overview on the actual harm that alcohol does to society, then moves into the effect our attitudes and behaviour influence how our children drink. Reading these articles will give parents a balanced view (rather than a marketing sell from the alcohol companies) of the actual modern research, epidemiological studies and science behind this very emotive topic of ‘alcohol and teenagers’. There is catastrophic risk to our daughters (and our sons of course), their safety and sexual abuse around alcohol, and their future lifetime sexual behaviours if alcohol is involved while they are young.
Given the modern diet is creating much earlier age of puberty (I have seen the research and spoken on this over many years), and how social media is creating earlier drinking in our young women, and the fact we know that drinking and early puberty both lead to depression and a much higher risk of young suicides; NZ girls between ages 15-24, have the highest early suicide rate in the world.
I am very passionate about the subject. If we can prevent even one case of rape, disfigurement or death in our young people then it is worth it. I am a free resource in our community and I have dedicated my life to making a difference. Writing and sharing this information is one way that I can do this.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.