I was on the bus yesterday and I saw a billboard that said:

“Don’t Serve Alcohol To Teens.

It’s unsafe.

It’s illegal.

It’s…

I was on the bus yesterday and I saw a billboard that said:

“Don’t Serve Alcohol To Teens.

It’s unsafe.

It’s illegal.

It’s irresponsible.”

It also showed its website, www.DontServeTeens.gov, so like a loser I thought I’d check it out as a possible topic for the blog.     The website basically says that teens get most of their alcohol from parents, older sibling/friends, or secretly from their parent’s cabinets, and that it’s way too easy for teens to access alcohol.  All I have to say is that it seems like those people have finally caught up with the rest of us.  I know of parents that see alcohol being served while they’re home and just pretend not to notice or make small jokes like, “That’s apple juice, right?”  Those parents apparently think it’s all in good fun just as long as none of the teens drive home that night because that would be irresponsible.  By now most teachers aren’t naïve enough to believe no underage drinking goes on within their students, but what I think is worse than not knowing is them making jokes about it.  In some classes when alcohol or even drugs come up in a class conversation some teachers make jokes like, “It’s pronounced al-co-hol but you guys don’t know anything about that, right? Everyone say it together, AL-CO-HOL.”  Those jokes are about as funny as a funeral, which may be the possible outcome to some of these innocent jokes.   If adults don’t take underage drinking seriously then how are teenagers supposed to know the negative consequences when adults make underage drinking more acceptable?  It’s really starting to be a trend to take issues affecting teens less and less seriously.   – Ruben

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  • JKJ

    Wait until you get to college – the wink wink, nudge nudge is about a million times worse, and then universities can’t get away from it fast enough if there is an alcohol related incident. Most resident advisors could care less, unless they get caught, and then they’re pouring your beer out.

  • Ruben

    So most of you say that parents let teens drink so they can seem cool, hip, or what have you but the bottom line is that if you are a parent and you serve alcohol to your kids then you have basically failed as a parent in educating them in what is appropriate behavior for their age. Parenting is doing what is best for your child not accommodating to irresponsible behavior just so you don’t look like the bad guy.