A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
DAVE Bonner (Bar welcome, Gazette,
April, 14) predicts that there will be no issue in having a bar opposite Wesley College. I have a different perspective. Children’s brains have been shown to continue developing even after they turn 18, making them vulnerable to alcoholrelated harms. These harms can manifest as immediate problems, which are more visible, but also as long-term problems that resonate into adulthood.
Even “low-risk” consumption in adolescents has been shown to have adverse long-term consequences that may only surface after leaving school.
Many schools, including Wesley, undertake excellent programs to educate their students on the pitfalls of alcohol, but this does not render students immune from alcohol-related problems including under-aged drinking.
This is because education is but one factor. The culture in which students grow up has a significant impact.
Tangible influences include the physical availability and accessibility of alcohol, but there are equally powerful intangible social forces such as habits, customs and norms.
For some, the relentless modelling of alcohol consumption will establish norms that lead to poor decisions.
As a resident of South Perth, I’m sure there’s a better location for Hopscotch that will still be convenient for Mr Bonner. ANN CHOONG, South Perth.