Parents' organizations of youth-parties: harm-reduction or harm-negligence?
Danish adolescents' drinking habits and drinking practices have strongly been brought into focus during the last decades. Results from the ESPAD-surveys (The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs - 1995,1999,2003), have showed that 16-year-old boys and girls in Denmark have a very high consumption of alcohol. For instance in 2003 24 % in this age group reported "binge drinking" 3 times or more during the last 30 days. As a consequence of this increased focus, preventive workers together with parents have on the local level (public schools) worked out "Parents-agreements" about WHEN and WHERE the adolescents are allowed to drink alcohol and HOW MUCH. But despite a more or less general consensus among parents, that alcohol consumption among adolescents should be limited as long as possible and also reduced to a minimum, there is a concurrent ambivalence in the group of parents when it comes to every-day-practice about WHAT it is that should be reduced and HOW. This paper will present and discuss the results from: 1) a Danish national survey focussing on adults' opinions on different restrictions of adolescents' alcohol drinking - and 2) a qualitative study on `hal-baller` (huge youth-parties often held in sports-centres and arranged by the parents - where the adolescents are allowed to bring and drink alcohol). In short, there seems to be an area of conflict between parents' intentions of reducing the alcohol-intake of the adolescents and the protection of the youth's right to party.
32nd Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society: Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2006
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32nd Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, 2006