Paul B. wrote:Mike, I read through some of those comments on that link and I think that the core of the issue is responsible parenting and reform of the North American drinking culture. I think it makes no sense to wax wistful over prohibition and desire solutions of its nature to deal with youth getting access to alcohol.
It continues to strike me as interesting that in North America, there is often a palpable hysteria behind this connection, whether genuine or manufactured, whereas my understanding is that in the wine producing countries of Europe, not only is there no hysteria around wine or beer at the family table but the culture itself "regulates", if you will, the manner in which youngsters become accustomed to alcoholic beverages. There isn't this sort of "forbidden fruit" approach over there - and although I'm not a psychologist, I am convinced that the prohibitive/hysterical Puritanical approach is the author of the very problem it seeks so self-righteously to combat.
Most of that approach in Europe is fading also. In fact, among the younger set there is a sizable decrease in wine consumption and an increase either in higher alcohol spirits or those nasty, colorful electrolite fruit concoctions.
There is a move in Europe to regulate all alcohol almost the way we North Americans do, based of course on how we North Americans do it--more's the pity for them.
Paul B. wrote:people prefer not to think for themselves but lap up whatever pap the news networks deem to toss them ...