We’ve all seen what’s happening, we’ve all nodded our heads in agreement when others complain and we’ve all shaken our heads in disbelief when we’ve witnessed the antics… but it isn’t getting any better…… is it?
This Andersontown News article by Evan Short, FRIDAY Night on the Tear pretty much illustrates the position. Evan recounts a trip around Belfast with a photographer but, I’m sure, similar pieces could have been written about towns all across Northern Ireland. Evan writes of the young drinkers with their carry out bags:-
” Each encounter with the camera lens on Friday night prompted the same typical response. First they showed defiance – shouting abuse and waving hand gestures. Then followed the realisation that they perhaps didn’t want to be photographed swilling alcohol in full view of everyone and they tried to cover their faces. Any sense of consequence soon left them, however, and thoughts turned to confronting us, prevented only by a number of hasty departures on our part.”
You really need to read the full article to get the real picture. We also need to begin to discuss the reasons behind this behaviour and how we can bring it to an end. Don’t get me wrong here – I absolutely love me pint! But I do fear that young people are being exploited by unscrupulous publicans and being placed in moral as well as physical danger by this activity.
So… what’s the solution?
- Lower the age at which young people can get into pubs?
- Increase police presence in known drinking spots?
- Arrest more young drinkers and drag them home to their parents?
- Take the parents to court?
- Educate young people more on the dangers of drink?
What… what? What do you suggest?