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Does media glorification of drinking send wrong message to teens?

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Across the country this week newspapers, TV and radio will all undoubtedly share some somber stories and Public Service Announcements about teen driving. Oct. 14-20 is 'Teen Driver Safety Week.'

You can bet there will be plenty of local stories focusing on their own respective tragedies involving teen fatalities and, if given the opportunity, politicians will surely seize the moment. Some reporters may even drag in a local representative of M.A.D.D. to say all the obligatory things.

Some good may come of it yet. But it also makes me wonder if there isn't more we can do. Perhaps there is something the media can do to makes a meaningful contribution...

Consider this: When high school and college students...


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TTQuattro
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 12:15:07 AM

people need to stop blaming everything on the media and take responsibility for your own life and raise your kids the right way!!
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remay
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Unfortunately, reality is the best medicine
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 2:38:12 PM

These are traditions that go way back. Hard to break traditions
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N/A...
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NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:52:28 PM

Drinking has been popular long before TV and radio.
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MTM
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:49:17 PM

Yes it does send the wrong message, but Hollywood could care less. It's all about what they want to do.
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flyfast
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:46:55 PM

some teens going drink no matter what
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bigsranch
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:43:24 PM

Old. But I still say raise the driving age to 21 and your problem goes away.
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QuagmireLA
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:42:40 PM

Ok, let's try something new. Genetic modification of the next generation of children. Come up with a genetic modification so that if they drink ethanol they will break out with huge pimples. That'll make em stop.
LOL !!!!
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Machewlee
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:41:42 PM

No, it is up to the parents.
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Taurus1
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:39:54 PM

Yes, it's in the music and on tv & movies.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:39:09 PM

Of course...the Liberal media is clueless.....
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:38:09 PM

Common sense!
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:36:44 PM

Sure it does.
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YES! YES! YES!
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:35:04 PM

Definitly YES!
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:33:10 PM

Yes, duh
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:33:02 PM

Of course it does - & there's No Free Will & No Personal Responsibility - RIDICULOUS!

Got to blame Someone, ANYONE, but yourself - GROW UP AMERICA!

[Edited by: bobsalwaysmt at 10/16/2012 1:34:33 PM EST]
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beale055
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Yes, duh
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:31:33 PM

bad media
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Dementedmind
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:27:17 PM

Instead of blaming the media perhaps we should start pointing the finger at poor parenting. Is it not time that parents start proper parenting instead of blaming influences outside the home.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:26:32 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:25:04 PM

Bars and pubs have advertised in all media from the beginning, the difference is that websites have more graphics and are visually alluring. The responsibility for the proper use of alcohol still lies with the consumer.
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The training of our youth to join the Barbarians is worse.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:20:38 PM

I'd say the Socialism crammed into teens' skulls full of mush by our education system is more of a wrong message.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:19:05 PM

It is beer that seems to sponsor much of the sports programming, especially football. Beer related activities are portrayed as socially acceptable. I have never seen a TV show or movie where drunk driving was portrayed in a bad light. We banned smoking ads, why can't we ban alcohol ads on TV.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:18:13 PM

My kids are making better choices than we made 40 years ago!
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:17:13 PM

Teens are idiots regardless of the message brought to them.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:15:11 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:13:56 PM

Teaching our kids the rights and wrongs of life starts at Home - without good direction our kids will do / try anything. You tell your kids not to drink, but if they do you give them good directions on what to do next. We as parents are responsible for our kids and that's it . . .
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:09:28 PM

Writers of TV and movies don't know how to flesh out a character without making them a drunk. Notice how every cop show is built around a cop with a severe drinking problem and most of the settings used are bars. Most of the teen stories are also built around boozing it up. All parties are beer binges.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:09:11 PM

get over it and legalize drugs - remember prohibition when mothers were begging its repeal because their babies were getting shot in their cribs due to the alcohol gangs? same thing today. there's a lot less mayhem with legalized drugs
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:05:21 PM

does the media send the right message about anything?
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:04:32 PM

As long as someone can profit, they could care less how others are affected. Alcohol seems to be legal everywhere and their is no way to enforce any laws concerning the under aged because of it. Also, the stores placement of alcoholic beverages is usually in high traffic areas to catch the attention of those most vulnerable to the effects of alcohol. Try reporting parties with lots of under-aged and see how far you get. Here law enforcement won't dare get involved. So it isn't just the advertising.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:04:05 PM

I agree. YES! The media is in the pockets of the booze companies.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:03:23 PM

You a@@ your bet !

[Edited by: danreino at 10/16/2012 1:04:22 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:02:00 PM

YES....
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:01:18 PM

Just because the First Amendment protects the publishing of such things as the Metromix doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. Be responsible, Gannett.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:00:30 PM

yep
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:58:08 AM

Need to get Americans to respect alcohol like the europeans.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:56:42 AM

It begins with the parents teaching about drinking!
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:53:49 AM

Some people do not think drinking as a drug??? Just ask the people that are in AA.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:51:50 AM

Yes.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:49:38 AM

Start showing the people who have to go to Alcholics Anonymous, the down and out on the street because of alcohol and drug abuse and the crooked politicians whose parties I wouldn't be caught at.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:48:41 AM

that's nice
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:47:15 AM

YES YES!
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:46:58 AM

And cities still promote Octoberfests around the country, and then have the nerve to set up soberity check points. Don't really make alot of sense does it.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:46:35 AM

Yes.
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:46:26 AM

Duh! You have to ask the question?
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:46:03 AM

This has been going on for a long time but those companies have a lot of money for lobbyists
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:45:35 AM

Dejavu...What does this have to do with gas prices!
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