once again brings up the issue (for me at least) about how unregulated alcohol use is, and how parents and other quasi responsible adults push the responsibility for drunken behavior on to others- like tour bus operators and drivers. Check out this very real statistic taken from the Santa Cruz County CAP study. "24% of Caucasian and 11% of Latino parents believe it is ok to provide alcohol to underage persons in their homes." Add this to the fact that both parent and some adults believe that hiring a limo or bus is an ok way to condone their own out of control behavior or that of their kids and we have a glimpse of a huge part of 'the problem of alcohol'.
Once again, untreated alcoholism is a fatal illness. Alcohol is responsible for etc. etc (add any number of unfavorable outcomes here). Yet no one—even otherwise loving parents—want to step up and take control of their behavior. Add the fact that it is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21—but let's be realistic and say age 16—and we really begin to see what's going on.
So on we go with a 'war on drugs' and 'drug education' etc etc, but look at how little attention is paid to the most dangerous drug of all. Let's keep this conversation going. I'm anxious to hear your thoughts.