Our View: Alcohol is not stuff for kids

Kids are kids, and they tend to behave like kids.

They sometimes push the envelope – test the fences, as it were – and that can sometimes lead to risky behaviour.

Adults, on the other hand, are supposed to behave like adults.

They’re supposed to understand the rules, and that there are consequences to breaking them.

At this time of year, particularly – with spring in the air, and with many young people approaching graduation filled with a sense of impending adulthood – the lines between childish and adult behaviour can get fuzzy.

And some adults who should know better can blur the distinction further.

The results, especially when alcohol becomes involved, can be disastrous.

For some reason, parents who might enforce strict rules about drug use believe it’s not so bad to allow youngsters to consume alcohol as long as they are “properly supervised.”

Not so.

Get a kid drunk – or even just fail to step in and stop kids from drinking at your premises – and you’re asking for trouble. If that kid gets hurt, whether at your house or after leaving while still under the influence of alcohol, you could be civilly liable for the damages.

And besides, it’s just plain illegal.

Langley RCMP felt a need this week to remind adults not to aid underage drinking, after alcohol put two youngsters, involved in separate incidents, in hospital.

One of the youths remains in hospital, two weeks later.

We don’t need additional examples.

It is illegal to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 19, unless they are your own children, and it’s in your own home.

No friends allowed.

Hosting an underage drinking party can prove costly, both legally and financially.

Alcohol really isn’t kid stuff, and adults are expected to understand that.

– B.G.

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