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The following is a free adaptation from an article in Reader's Digest June 2003, p 38.
An October 2002 study of primary school children in Cape Town by Bridges Alcohol and Education Programme found the following:
The MRC has found the following:
Young children's bodies cannot metabolise alcohol in the same way as those of adults, leading to quicker impairment of judgement and coordination. This leads to
Assessment. Signs that may indicate involvement in alcohol are the following. However, do not assume that your child is in immediate peril as much of this behaviour may also be part of being a teenager.
For ordering a chemical test click on http://www.drugtestyourteen.com/ .
- p5, Pretoria News, 11 Nov 2002
Fruit. Hooch. Extreme. Klippies and Kola. Spin. Breezer. Bugs. Love Potion.
names say it all. It's trendy; "cool" and gives the impression that
your life could change after just one of these. For the uninitiated, these are
all alcoholic beverages, called coolers or shooters. They have an alcohol per
volume content of 3% to 6%, they're almost sickly sweet and they're aimed at the
young end of the market.
According to the companies which manufacture these drinks, the 18 to 25 age group is THE growth market and they readily admit that it's a battlefield. Because fewer young people are drinking beer, it's the cider and cooler market who want their money;
their advertising is aimed almost exclusively at attracting youngsters with
money to spend and a taste for alcohol. The problem is that these drinks are
also readily available at pizza outlets, hamburger joints and even corner cafes.
advertising campaigns around these coolers present a lifestyle which is very
attractive and enticing for young people, especially teenagers. It's the in
thing to do when you drink a cooler, even if it is illegal to consumes alcohol
under the age of lB.
say the youngsters are "drinking anything", but especially these
coolers because the advertising is "so enticing". "They give the
impression of a lively, colourful existence," one policeman said.Ē ď
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