Underage drinking

Two Mitchell businesses failed but 12 passed an alcohol compliance check in the city last week.

How tough is it for minors to get access to booze? Better than in the past? Worse? Are compliance checks fair?

12 thoughts on “Underage drinking

  1. If teens want alcohol they will find it one way or another. Alcohol is glamorized by the movies, tv, ads, etc. No wonder kids think it is cool to drink. Plus most teens drink out of boredom or to be cool. If there were more activites for teens to do, there would be less underage consumption. Also stiffer penalties would also help alcohol abuse.

  2. hasn’t there always been one for youth as well for adults. What burns me up is that we just can’t have an event like a 60’s dance without alcohol- and using a public facility like the Corn Palace to promote- what- irresponsible behaviors- now DWU came to council for their special 125th concert to get a liquor license to serve- heck there’s been so much pot smoking at DWU over the years they might as well be letting them smoke herb in the Palace. I worked in a convenience sotre before I did not like the idea that I would be in trouble if I didn’t card everyone- so when they sent the sting operation in to where I worked I kept the informant’s id and would not turn it over to her till the police came and tried to get a citizen’s arrest for an underage buyer to take place – why not turn the tables on the snitches too. Hundred of people from this area have gone to treatment for addiction. I’m personally awaiting for medical herb I want some too.

  3. Kids will always find a way to get alcohol – just like we did when we were kids. I have gone through 3 teenagers and they all had a taste of alcohol before they were 21 (I’m pretty sure the older 2 bought beer for the youngest but can’t prove). I did not, and still do not, approve of underage alcohol usage – however, I am not a blind parent. I feel that my kids were more aware of the harm of alcohol than I was as a teenager. They did not, and still do not, drink and drive, but find have a disginated driver. Sometimes they even had to call us parents to come get them. I remember driving 14 miles home after having a few beers with my buds many a time in high school. I see my kids calling a friend, their siblings, and sometimes Mom & Dad (even though that is usually the last resort).

  4. Parents expect their children to drink…….not smart.
    Mine knew that they would be grounded until leaving home for advanced education if they drank. I had no problems. Rules are rules……speeding, drinking, smoking etc. Obey them, please.

  5. I didn’t “expect” my children to drink. I was realistic and knew that was a high probability. When your kids left home for advanced education, were they 21 – if they weren’t, they were breaking the rule if they drank in college. Like I said, kids will find a way to drink. If they know they will be grounded by their parents, they will just plan on spending the night at a friends house. Too often I hear parents say that their kid doesn’t drink, only to find a picture on facebook of their kid with a beer in their hand or picked up for drinking and driving, or worse yet in a car accident – just because they have to get their car home so that the parents won’t find out they were drinking. I do not approve of parents letting kids have parties – but I know there are those parents out there. My kids never took advantage and over indulged, but they did occasionally have beer on their breath. I preferred to have my kids safe and responsible instead of burying my head in the sand. If kids want to drink, they will find a way.

  6. Granted, Real life, but I was lucky. ‘Mean Parent’ began at an early age. Rules were rules since age one. One child was able to drink at 18, as that was the law. One became the desigated driver when in college. Yes, if they sipped, it was in fear. I was happy, and paying the bills, so no problems. Parents do have the upper hand, they just do not know it……or care enough to communicate with their youth at a young age. How often do we put off ‘rule’ making until it is too late?

  7. Since there is no longer any need for rules, we can all be free to do as we want. Speed, drink, shop lift. (Just don’t take a life.) Illegal is no longer a punishable offense. Nice!
    Thanks Government you have set me free!

  8. Laws should still reflect the general agreement of the citezens they are meant to govern. It is like the 55 speed limit imposed by Reagan. It didn’t fit in SD. Niether does the drinking age. I break the law and allow my kids to catch a TASTE. My wife and I do not make a big deal about alcohol and the two of us might drink about 24 beers per annum. Our parents taught us to drink responsibly and if we drink, we are respopnsible for the consequences. My children understand this and choose not to drink. Drinking, to me is learned from your parents, friends and other influences. Ignoring it is not an option. Some good advice about my daughter was, as a father, to hug her often, as if I don’t someone else will. The same goes for alcohol, keep it in the open and ok to discuss and respond to mistakes and new experiences as a calm adult capable of guiding through the very difficult world of adolescence.

  9. Sorry, another thought. I know of many young people from my days in the army to the kids I get to work with today that would be very responsible to have a glass of wine with their family or a couple beers in an apropriate setting. However, I know a lot of 40 year olds that should never be allowed to drink, are imature and unable to handle the consequences of overdrinking. I hate how drinking is handled at state basketball, wrestling etc. but it is the adults that set the worst example for the kids. The kids are just doing what they see as ok.

  10. try this one on for size- why is someone an alcoholic? any reason or rhyme- but some have the problem- maybe we were programmed that way to suffer from alcohol- all the activities in the world, all the good parenting will not stop a young adult from becoming alcoholic- the American medical assocaition recognized this as a disease early in the 1950’s- what have we learned since- alot of good treatment opportunities exsist including AA that can help.

    This town is sending the wrong message when it so freely gives out permits to street dances and use of a public facility such as the Corn Palace for alcohol venues. This town as so many does have an alcohol/ drug problem much as America does- no one is immune to this problem.

    Good luck parents I merely blew off my parents when they warned me- I got severly drunk in l972 and stayed that way till treatment in l990- 18 years of a miserable life- I can tell you plenty of the pitfalls of drinking.

    I enjoy a good clean lifestyle now heading to my retirement years hoping that others will not go down the same path.

    It is not as simple as some would blog or have use to believe here- alcohol is a cunning enemy and it steals your dignity, your health and eventually your life.

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