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Young teens in party ban to fight binge-drinking

The Local · 9 Jul 2012, 10:21

Published: 09 Jul 2012 10:21 GMT+02:00

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Family Minister Kristina Schröder has laid out the ideas in an 84-page ministry paper. After 8pm, all those under 16 will be barred from public events, festivals and parties where alcohol is being served, unless they are accompanied by a parent.

Schröder's ministry says this will help tackle the problem of youth binge drinking - despite recent government figures showing regular alcohol consumption among 12 to 17-year-olds has dropped by 3.7 percent since 2001.

Beer and wine can legally be sold in Germany to teenagers over 16 years old – but they must wait until 18 to buy anything stronger.

Economics Minister Philipp Rösler has already rejected the proposal, saying he would definitely vote against them, the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper reported on Sunday.

The FDP party youth wing also rejected the idea. “With this proposal the ministry has clearly overshot the mark,” head of the youth wing of the FDP fraction Johannes Vogel told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The rules would only frustrate event organisers and young people, adding that “good youth protection needs a sense of proportion.”

Further opposition came from Green party spokesman for youth issues Ulrich Schneider, who said that “banning under 16's from evening events because older visitors are buying alcohol ignores the leisure needs of young people.”

The aim of youth policy should be to remove barriers that make it difficult for young people to take part in public life, he added.

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A spokesman for the Family Ministry told Bild am Sonntag the plans had not yet been written up as draft legislation, but were currently undergoing “considerations on a working-level,” on which the ministry declined to comment further.


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11:44 July 9, 2012 by pepsionice
Just commentary from an American who spent around twenty years in Germany over the past three decades. There wasn't much of a problem with teenage drinking in the 1970s or 1980s. From about 2000 on, from observing small town events and major urban events.....there is a significant problem brewing. I suspect it's the fact that German teens have more cash in their hand than in the 1980s....and readily spend on excessive amounts of booze. They also aren't asamed of being seen drunk in public or their local neighborhood. And when they finally admit they have a problem.....you usually have to ship them off to some alcohol rehab program that was originally designed for adults.
12:15 July 9, 2012 by Eastard
If one is to drink it is wise to learn how unless hangover and sickness is the goal.. As an individual that drank illegally since 13 I can say the lack of guidance caused problems... Knowing when to drink water, eat, and/or stopping drinking is very important to enjoying the sport... I don't know exactly how one might do this... maybe an older wiser mentor or club where reasonable supervision might "assist" would be wise... Boozing till passing out on the streets to excess is foolish and allowing it at any age is foolish..
12:44 July 9, 2012 by freechoice
This is not the solution to binge drinking problems. Parents should spend more time with their kids and find out why they are destroying and wasting their lives away.
15:21 July 9, 2012 by Herr Rentz
As was mentioned, they need to learn how to drink in moderation from a parent or other responsible person. Not from their peers.

Separating them from adults at a specidied hour is not the answer. They will just go elsewhere to buy alcohol and drink there. Probably unsupervised with their friends.

Don't alienate the youth, teach them.
15:52 July 9, 2012 by Frenchone
Every single country in Europe is facing this issue and from my own experience Germany is far from being the most shocking.
19:41 July 9, 2012 by MakiBerlin
The same method worked on reducing the number of smoker in other countries might be more effective? Increasing the price of alcohol and promote the negative consequenses of binge-drinking. I agree with "pepsionice". Childrens have more money these days. I could buy alcohol drinks anytime I wanted when I was a teenager but, I hardly could do that cause I didn't have much money. Purchasing concert tickets, Getting the clothes matched the shows, transportation cost, and done. I worked after class but, the wage was only $4/hour so it was no way that I spend $4 for a glass of beer !
14:46 July 10, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
maybe if the same politicians who now grandstand against youth alcoholism did something to provide young people with opportunity and their parents with a chance for decent paying jobs, then we wouldn't see so many alienated disillusioned youth who turn to drinking.

Trying to stop them from drinking isn't the answer anyway. They will just have their older friends buy the stuff for them. As with anything, youths need to be eased into adult life. And yes, that includes the occasional sip of beer or wine before their 16th birthday. Making it somehow even more illegal than it is now will only increase the appeal of it.

I, for one, started going to parties where there was booze to be had at the age of about 15. And yes, I drank my fair share. Did it turn me into an alcoholic at any point? No.
18:22 July 10, 2012 by Englishted
Some young people getting drunk is no repeat no reason to increase the cost to the normal law abiding public who may enjoy a drink or two .

Otherwise I may think it is a way to raise revenue to pay for the bailouts and has nothing to do with the original problem but am I being cynical again?
09:34 July 11, 2012 by wenddiver
Young teens in party ban to fight binge-drinking-

It wouldn't be much of a party if there in no fightining or binge drinking, whatever the age of the participants.

Bon tons Roules!
13:05 July 11, 2012 by michael4096
The attitude that we must protect children whatever the cost is foolish. Especially as the cost is usually those very same children once they are a bit older.

It starts very young - "don't eat dirt" - but now young people are more prone to allergies and sickness than ever before. Climbing trees is out - ugh! Playing out with others is out - might get kidnapped or worse. Youthclubs are out - we all know youth leaders are perverts. Camping and adventure holidays with other kids are just plain dangerous. And, joining in social events just leads to binge drinking so thats out too.

Then they get to 18 and we wonder why they can't cope with life.
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