How parents should be modelling responsible alcohol use

A memorial service is set to be held on Saturday for an 18-year-old student who died after allegedly taking part a drinking game at a Stellenbosch University residence.

On Weekend Breakfast, Africa Melane addresses South Africa's binge drinking problem with Professor Charles Young, a counselling psychologist with an interest in student wellness.

RELATED: Expert calls for better strategies to curb learners' alcohol abuse

Professor Young explains the parameters of what is considered binge drinking.

It's defined as eight or more drinks in one session for men and six or more for women.

Professor Charles Young, Counselling psychologist

He notes that drinking in South Africa is on a par with high-income countries like Belgium and Australia, although South African drinkers generally don't have the same financial resources.

This contributes to the problem, as people save their money to go overboard during their weekend binge.

Typically what happens, people who don't drink much during the week - they concentrate all their drinking over the weekend.

Professor Charles Young, Counselling psychologist

The danger is this concentrated, rapid drinking over relatively short periods of time which really intensifies the effects of alcohol and is associated with all sorts of social and health and other types of problems.

Professor Charles Young, Counselling psychologist

Professor Young says how parents drink in front of their children is an important source of modelling and specifically regarding college or university students, it is more dangerous for them to have no experience at all with alcohol.

A lot of good research on countries like France and Italy that have far lower binge drinking rates than, say, the UK - one of the explanations for that is that young people witness adults drinking in a way that's very moderate, they appreciate enjoying a good bottle of wine...

Professor Charles Young, Counselling psychologist

That experience (should be) about appreciation of the alcohol rather than an appreciation of being intoxicated.

Professor Charles Young, Counselling psychologist

For more from Professor Young, listen here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How parents should be modelling responsible alcohol use


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
@catcallsofcapetown: 'They tell stories they've never told anyone before'

@catcallsofcapetown: 'They tell stories they've never told anyone before'

Lead SA: Gadeeja Abbas expands on the campaign, which reaches out to anyone who has experienced gender-based violence.

'Aarto bill there to create revenue, not to promote road safety'

'Aarto bill there to create revenue, not to promote road safety'

Rudie Heyneke outlines Outa's objections to the traffic demerit system signed into law this week.

Expert calls for better strategies to curb learners' alcohol abuse

Expert calls for better strategies to curb learners' alcohol abuse

A 2011 study has revealed that 66% of learners across the Westen Cape province are abusing alcohol.

[LISTEN] Tackling sobriety: 'I think it is a bit of a grieving process'

[LISTEN] Tackling sobriety: 'I think it is a bit of a grieving process'

Founder of www.worldwithoutwine.com Janet Gourand shares how she has maintained her sobriety.

Why do you lose your memory after a night of heavy drinking?

Why do you lose your memory after a night of heavy drinking?

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains the science behind this.

Could introducing a minimum unit price for booze curb binge drinking?

Could introducing a minimum unit price for booze curb binge drinking?

A study for the WC government suggests increasing the excise tax on alcohol will, in fact, do little to curb heavy drinking.

Popular articles
Blueberry production – and employment - skyrockets to all-time high

Blueberry production – and employment - skyrockets to all-time high

In 2014, 1000 people had blueberry jobs. By 2023 it could be 26 000. Bruce Whitfield interviews the industry's Sean Tager.

 Judge Willie Seriti:'I wouldn't add or subtract anything from arms deal report'

Judge Willie Seriti:'I wouldn't add or subtract anything from arms deal report'

Clement Manyathela speaks to the now retired judge who presided over the arms deal inquiry about the high court judgment.

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Only when consumer journalist Wendy Knowler chased Standard Bank did they admit wrongdoing that cost a client R41 000.

Autopsy report confirms Selahle died of unnatural causes in police custody

Autopsy report confirms Selahle died of unnatural causes in police custody

Tshegofatso Selahle died on Sunday after being arrested by JMPD officers for allegedly skipping a robot in Johannesburg.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).