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WHAT’S SOUTH AFRICA’S REAL DRINKING AGE?

UNDERAGE DRINKING STARTS LONG BEFORE IT BEGINS.

Adults usually enable our first exposure to alcohol. Either through parents, aunts and uncles
or older siblings. This enablement may be explicit or subtle. Many people don’t even realise that they’re doing it.
Adults influence underage drinking through:

  • Conditioning (a drink is an answer to all occasions)
  • Passive permission(allowing child-sipping)
  • Doing nothing when you know it’s wrong

Research shows that people who begin drinking before the age of 18 are four times more likely to develop an alcohol dependency.

In the average South African home, one in every two teenagers is an active consumer of alcohol.

In a recent high school survey conducted,it was found that 49% of the learners interviewed had consumed alcohol at some stage during their high school tenure.
In the same high school survey conducted, it came to light that 15% of the male learners and 8% of the female learners said that they had their first drink before the age of 13.

Teenagers who drink are far more likely to try other substances.
Teens that use alcohol are three times more likely to be involved in violent crimes.
Adults usually enable our first exposure to alcohol. Either through parents, aunts and uncles or older siblings.
This enablement may be explicit or subtle. Many people don’t even realise that they’re doing it.
Adults influence underage drinking through:

  • Conditioning (a drink is an answer to all occasions)
  • Passive permission(allowing child-sipping)
  • Doing nothing when you know it’s wrong

YOU CAN STOP IT.

When was your first encounter with alcohol?
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DISCUSSION:
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Kabelo Mabalane

Campaign Ambassador

Kabelo Mabalane’s decision to be the face of aware.org’s Underage Drinking Campaign was more than just another gig, but something that held significance on many levels.

“I felt it was important to lend my voice to this important issue because of my own issues with alcohol and my role as parent of growing children,” he says. “I realised the importance for us as a society to be extremely vigilant, especially caregivers. Over the years, I’ve been invited to several interventions and when I point out to parents that they are enabling their children’s behaviour, the realisation is shocking for them,” he says.