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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?
Share your First Drink Story with us on twitter and Facebook using the hashtag
#Myfirstdrinkstory or leave a story on
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In case you missed it, here's what went down at our discussion about Underage Drinking and how many get caught in the cycle. Financial Literacy with Nicolette Mashile DJ Warras Kabelo Mabalane Leanne Manas Courtnae' Paul Sureshnie Rider Click for the full video: bit.ly/2pGzDpv #MyFirstDrinkStory ... See MoreSee Less

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Most of our people need to hear this. 🙁 Proverbs 20:1, Romans 12:1-2 and lastly 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 If these verses are talking to you, repent and God can still save you. God bless. 🙂 🙂

I love Leanne

We gave u 120 minutes bt u still run out of time

Amen

Pam Masetshabe Phororo listen to that. I just love my family right now 😊. #celebrateWithoutAlcohol🙌

The huge problem in this country is the marketing/advertising of alcohol everyday 24 hours a day but when the road fatalities stats come out every financial year they say 90% of them are alcohol related but the product that is a catalyst is being advertised so much . Why can’t they ban the advertising of alcohol like they did on Cigarettes adverts ? Let’s start there

By banning ADs we are late

Alcohol abuse in the hood is as a direct result of poverty that manifests itself in child abuse absent parents and kids desperate to live that TV movie star life when its hammer time at home.....poverty is the root of alcohol abuse in the locations of South Africa

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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.