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Published: Monday, July 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

You need to have the reason why. I believe a good reason is, food has changed. The way it's grown, the modified food they use kills the pancreas. Back in the day if you drank a lot your liver was damaged. Now days you don't have to drink very much. The pancreas is the main frame for the blood to carry good gas to where the brine wants it. You will get Diabetes it you hurt the Pancreas.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Nah!

Lets just pass the responsibility onto our religious leaders, public school teachers, and coaches. And then blame them when our kids drink.

Responsibility? What's that? We don't need to teach our children! That's what churches and schools are for!

Sincerely,

Utah Parents

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

If all you can do is say 'you can't', then in defiance they will. With enthusiasm, as the survey suggests.

Maudine
SLC, UT

Many parents believe that their kids will drink anyway and so it is better for the kids to do it at home where the parents can keep an eye on the situation. This attitude exists nationwide, not just in Utah.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Why would anyone with a brain drink alcohol? Why not just hit yourself in the head with a hammer everyday, the effects are about the same and think of the money and human suffering you would save not to mention your liver!

Bob K
porland, OR

The ending tone of the piece is, unfortunately, like a sanctimonious sermon from the past.
On the subject of parents letting kids drink (of which I do not approve): perhaps the opinion writer is strict lds and lacks a bit of knowledge of the outside world. Parents of older teens were likely born 40-50 years ago, and grew up when teen drinking at parties became common. Thus, the "I did it, so my kid can do it" factor comes in.
Maudine gets the point, as well.
On the subject of more binging: alcohol is more of a "forbidden fruit" in Utah than elsewhere, so kids may use it less often, but plunge in all the way when they do.

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