Under-age drinking isn’t fading away, it's growing

OPINION: Drinking alcohol is fine in moderation.

It can lighten up an evening and provide the consumer with a seemingly never-ending supply of confidence and happiness.

It is entrenched in Aussie tradition, with most kids growing up watching their parents having a beer around a barbie.

However it can also completely ruin a night if you make a bad choice, or if you drink so much you don't have time to make a bad choice because you're passed out by 9.30pm.

Talk of raising the drinking age to 21 won't curb the ever-growing problem of under-age binge drinking.

A first drink when you turn 18 has always been a rite of passage but honestly, for most teenagers, it's only their first legal drink.

The current law which prohibits minors from buying alcohol is merely an obstacle.

I've known of kids as young as 15 getting hammered from alcohol illegally supplied by older friends or even parents.

Those 375ml cans of orange and vodka mixed UDL are popular among minors because of the ability for them to get drunk quickly.

Young people don't have a simple drink with friends, they usually drink to excess.

We shouldn't simply put the problem in the too hard basket - more serious action needs to be taken to combat it. Heavier fines and short jail sentences for anyone supplying minors shouldn't be off the cards.

As statistics have proven, the problem isn't showing any signs of slowing.



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