William flew drinking
June 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother
shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of the town. They shall say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not
obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death…
Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
“for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”
“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.”
William flew drinking
The American government’s concern about the neurological effects of alcohol on young adults is clear: “Underage [under the age of 21] drinking can cause
alterations in the structure and function of the developing brain, which continues to mature into the mid to late twenties and may have consequences reaching
far beyond adolescence”. In America the legal drinking age is 21.In Britain, by contrast, parents can legally serve their children vodka from the age of five. Many
middle-class parents think it’s okay, even sensible, to introduce their children to wine mixed with water while they are very young, reasoning that they are less
likely to binge drink if they have long been accustomed to alcohol. Yet few Britons, including many of the parents, teachers and children I give health education
lectures to, are aware of the risks of such practices.So tomorrow, when I address teachers and politicians at the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference,
I will be enlightening them. By the time I have finished they may feel inclined to reach for the bottle themselves.New evidence from molecular neurobiology to
teratology should make us revise the way we think of adulthood and legal age. While children legally become adult at the age of 18, children’s brains don’t
reach physical adulthood until they’re almost 25 years old. Until then they remain “plastic”: everything they are exposed to can physically reshape them.
Alcohol damages and changes the size, structure and function of adolescent brains.