On paper, Christmas would look like the season when people are more likely to spend a night binge drinking. There are office parties, holiday parties, and the required spiked egg nog before you turn in on Christmas Eve. Yes, that is a lot of drinking, but it’s actually summer and graduation that makes up the real party season.
There’s just something about summer that gets people outside, on the patio, and indulging in a lot of alcohol, and Vancouver Coastal Health wants to you think about those drinks and is asking parents to send out a strong anti-drinking message to their kids.
Both summer and graduation kick off a period of time when kids are more likely to binge drink and more likely to try to get their parents to buy them alcohol. It’s called ‘bootlegging’ in some circles, but no matter what you call it, it’s illegal and dangerous. Because of that, Vancouver Coastal Health has launched its 8th annual ‘Think Before You Let Them Drink’ campaign.
Think Before You Let Them Drink is based on the idea that when kids take part in binge drinking, an adult must have had to provide the alcohol for them. It’s especially dangerous because once kids get their hands on alcohol, they tend to drink until it’s gone.
There’s also a growing trend of young girls binge drinking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that excess drinking could lead to death, higher likelihood of diseases like breast cancer, and an increase in risky sexual behaviour.
If you need an even stronger reason to say no to someone underage who asks you to get them alcohol, think of this: binge drinking is just one of the dangers that teen will encounter if they’re binge drinking. If they drink and decide to drive, you could be responsible for their crash. If they crash, they could die or kill someone else, and you’ll have to live with the choice you made.
You can find out more about Think Before You Let Them Drink by visiting Vancouver Coastal Health’s website.