I think we, that’s New Zealand (or most western world countries for that matter) as a whole, are doing a pretty poor job when it comes to alcohol. I was able to reflect on this on an unexpected, and unwanted, trip to ED.I spent a chapter of my first book looking at alcohol from the perspective of drinking as a parent but now my children are well into their teenage years, I’m being confronted with alcohol from their perspective. It is, if you’ll excuse the pun, a sobering experience. We, as a society, see alcohol as appropriate to celebrate, commiserate, chill out, party and in just about every adult social setting and so it isn’t surprising that teenagers are keen to crash the party.One of the main reasons we are doing poorly is that we are in denial about the fact that alcohol is a drug with the same addictive properties of drugs. We don’t like to talk about this but the main ingredient is ethanol and it is addictive. I’m in huge admiration of Lotta Dann who very…
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