Friday, April 04, 2008


With school out for the summer, many students suddenly find themselves with too much time on their hands but without much productive activities to engage in. Regrettably, for some, binge drinking has become the pastime of choice.

What makes such conundrum somewhat insoluble is the local attitude that equates alcohol drinking with masculine pride.

Many local boys as young as 13 and 14 are allowed by their parents to participate in drinking sessions during birthday celebrations or anything as mundane as winning a neighborhood basketball game. Unfortunately, most of these parents tend to forget that alcohol consumption by young people exposes them to greater health risks; among which are the adverse effects of alcohol on the brain, liver and kidney.

Only recently, a team from Northumbria and Keele universities told the British Psychological Society that teenagers who engage in binge drinking could result to absent-mindedness and forgetfulness days later.

According to a BBC article, Dr Thomas Heffernan, from the University of Northumbria and who led the study, said: "We found no differences between binge drinkers and non-binge drinkers in the self-reporting questionnaires, but when it came to the video the binge drinkers recalled significantly less than the non-binge drinkers."

And this may be one of the more significant reasons why some high school-age binge drinkers oftentimes fall behind their studies and eventually drop out of school altogether.


posted by Señor Enrique at 9:01 AM


Blogger nutart said...

This yellow colored house lends cheer to this otherwise usual drab neighborhood. Hope more Pinoys color their houses like so!

Drinking alchohol is rampant here in the province. I thought is was purely a male pasttime but I just recently found out that the women (young and old)also pursue it like anything! Like smoking, it is a peer pressure induced habit. Our wards would tell me about it and the only advise I can give them is "just observe how these people will make of their lives and that's because of what they do."

April 04, 2008 9:30 AM  

Blogger DatuPanot said...


i can't recall what i was going to tell you...
have a nice weekend!


April 04, 2008 11:24 AM  

Anonymous kyels said...

My father used to be very strict w/me when I was in high school. He never allowed me to take a single sip of lager or wine when I was younger b/c of the adverse effects on the brain, liver and kidney. However, he's fine if I do consume alcohol once in a while now as I'm already of the legal age.

But it's true that kids these days are binging on alcohol --- too much in fact.

April 04, 2008 4:13 PM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

Since my daughter is a hospitality management student, she has to taste all kinds of alcoholic drinks. But of course this is done under the supervision of the professor. And I have made it clear with her: she can drink alcoholic beverages only in her Beverage class.

I think I'm just lucky that my boys are not hard or habitual drinkers. One or two bottles of beer on rare occasions, yes. I laugh whenever I recall that time when my eldest son was entertaining 'barkada' at home. Of course, there was drinking. Then he came in the kitchen. "O lasing ka na yata," I asked. He said he was not drinking and then proceeded to get himself a glass of milk. LOL!

Having one drink too many can lead to many possibilities - often things one won't be proud of when sober, and the one that parents dread most - casual sex.

April 04, 2008 9:49 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, Bernadette, the boys I've spoken to boasted of female friends who, like, themselves, had gotten to enjoy drinking alcohol on a regular basis. This activity, they admit, do lead to sexual promiscuity once under the influence.

The brightly painted house was and the hanging laundry grabbed my attention when I was walking along this street. It reminded me of the tropical colors used by residents of Puerto Rico to paint their abodes.

April 05, 2008 6:19 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank God, you at least remembered that you had something you wanted to tell me, DatuPanot ... hehehe.

Enjoy the weekend, too :)

April 05, 2008 6:20 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Interestingly, Kyels, in Italy, kids are encouraged to drink a bit of wine during dinner instead of soda. But nonetheless, your father did a good job!

It's binge drinking that we must be wary of.

April 05, 2008 6:23 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You're indeed lucky to have such well adjusted kids, Rhoda! That is truly a wonderful blessing :)

April 05, 2008 6:24 AM  

Blogger Luke Wiley said...

that is horrible...
Wiley Willows Photoblog

April 05, 2008 7:32 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Indeed, it is, Luke :(

April 05, 2008 9:08 AM  

Anonymous bugsybee said...

Eric, the former school where I worked had beer joints surrounding the campus. When the administrators and I looked for a way to have these beer joints closed (they seemed to have sprouted and multiplied overnight!), we were dismayed with the red tape we encountered. When we went to the city hall, they told us to go to the barangay captain. After waiting so long for the barangay captain to find "a convenient time" to talk to us (would you believe he had an appointments secretary?), this is what he told us: "It's easier to open a beer joint than to close it."

April 05, 2008 12:16 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink?
-Author Unknown-


April 05, 2008 7:47 PM  

Anonymous sardonic nell said...

if only parents would think twice (or more), before allowing there kids to drink socially. and funny how smoking and drinking are leading killers of society, and yet they're legal. kaloka dba?

April 06, 2008 12:11 PM  

Blogger mirage2g said...

I once told an older woman that smoking and binge drinking is slow suicide...she told me I should stop eating too because when I ate too much I'll blow myself! Talk about logic! Might be the effect of those 2 unnecessary habits tsk tsk!

April 06, 2008 2:12 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

As it turns out, Bugsy, the side streets of the university belt area here in Manila also has a number of watering holes that students frequent. A teacher at at nearby parochial high school told me of the problems they're having with some of their high school students who enjoy hanging out at some of these places.

They've also gone to the barangay to complain but it lacks the necessary manpower to police these places.

April 06, 2008 4:48 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I think Abs-CBN's The Correspondents will feature a couple of seasoned "tomadors" in its next show, Sidney ... hehehe.

April 06, 2008 4:50 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Interstingly, Nell, almost all the young drinkers I saw were also very much into smoking ... ayayay!

April 06, 2008 4:52 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's some silly logic, Mirage ... lol!

April 06, 2008 4:58 PM  

Anonymous bw said...

Sadly there is no drinking age limit enforcement in Pinas and you're right, the machismo image has a lot to do with it.

I remember when I was in high school we low budget students used to drink Ginebra San Miguel and cheap lambanog just to get drunk, for the fun of it :(

April 06, 2008 7:52 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

The "hard" (as they refer to it) of choice these days among the youths, BW, are Emperador and Matador.

I guess, smoking and drinking are the usual coming of age rites for the local boys.

April 07, 2008 6:31 AM  

Blogger Panaderos said...

Studies show that the younger people start with drugs or alcohol, the more susceptible they become to chronic drug addiction and alcoholism in their later years. These kids and their parents ought to wake up before serious physical and psychological harm come to such kids. Such is the problem with ignorance.

April 07, 2008 9:46 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's right! And this is the reason why I'm compelled to post reminders every now and then, Panaderos, for the sake of our youths.

I was once a nicotine addict.

April 07, 2008 10:04 AM  

Blogger dave (",) said...

Well, I'd drink just enough. Never been drunk yet, never know what could happen next.

April 13, 2008 4:39 PM  

Blogger eric aka senor enrique said...

You certainly know how to handle alcohol, Dave. Our youth should be like you :)

April 13, 2008 7:14 PM  

Anonymous alcohol treatment said...

Binge drinking has been common nowadays in the youth. Sadly for them, they think of alcohol as a way to relax themselves during the hot summer. This is not a good thing because we know for a fact that alcohol is not good for the health.

March 28, 2009 2:17 AM  

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