I saw you sitting next to a/your little kid drinking liquor in the movie theater. Bad influence on so many levels…

10 comments

  1. shadowwood · September 30, 2010

    Little kids should know better than to drink liquor in the movie theatre, it’s a very bad influence on their parents/adults.

  2. Blackstrap · September 30, 2010

    I think it’s time that we stop the Prohibition era moralizing and start reforming our liquor laws.

    There is no reason why adults can’t responsibly enjoy alcohol in a movie theatre.

    They could easily maintain 19+ sections of the cinema with staff trained in alcohol service, just like a bar or restaurant or stadium.

    As far as this individual goes, I think they are setting a bad example by sneaking things in and breaking the policies of the business; on the flip side, however, the same could be said for those who smuggle in snacks. And who hasn’t done that?

    The law about drinking in movie theatres, on the other hand, is backwards and I do not agree with its enforcement. I’ll take it one step further and say that one should be allowed to drink anywhere in public so long as the drinker does not become intoxicated and disrupt those around them. Why should it be a crime to have a beer on a park bench on a nice sunny day?

    Drinking alcohol around children isn’t inherently wrong. I think that antiquated and puritanical attitudes about alcohol are responsible for today’s binge drinking culture. If kids were taught to respect alcohol like generations of European children have, then we would have a lot less of a problem with its abuse.

    People turn 19 nowadays and think they are ready to drink all night long – a lot of sloppy and downright dangerous behaviour is the result. In more progressive cultures, youth drink with their elders in a moderate fashion and they are socially reprimanded if they get out of line. When society treats alcohol like a deadly toxin for the first two decades of life and then does a complete 360 upon reaching an arbitrary age of majority, its young people are missing a certain maturity that is key to consuming alcohol safely.

  3. Wino · September 30, 2010

    “When society treats alcohol like a deadly toxin for the first two decades of life and then does a complete 360 upon reaching an arbitrary age of majority, its young people are missing a certain maturity that is key to consuming alcohol safely.”

    This is so true. I recently visited Greece, and in Europe you are permitted to drink in public. People respected alcohol for the most part, I didn’t see people getting sh*t faced in the street, just because they could. At night, people would fill the tables in the streets of the entertainment districts, eating and drinking and talking in moderation. Alcohol was almost always served with some sort of food, even if it was just a few peanuts, but was often something substantial, it was expected. Binge drinking was the exception, not the rule like it is here. If we were permitted to drink in public here, the place would go up, because we haven’t been taught to respect alcohol. Why is it that Europeans can control themselves but we can’t? I hate to make sweeping generalizations like this, of course the contrast is not that stark, however the differences are pretty blatant when you experience the different cultures.

  4. Maureen · September 30, 2010

    I lived in England for awhile. I would say that the English do not fall under Europeans who respect alcohol at any time of the day. I found it much the same as Newfoundland, if not worse, even with the public drinking spots.

  5. Blackstrap · September 30, 2010

    Maureen,

    I should have made a qualification on that note.

    Britain considers itself to be separate from Europe on many levels, and binge drinking is one area where they differ completely from the continent.

    I was speaking more along the lines of Belgium, where table beer was served to children in schools until the seventies. Or any number of Latin countries such as France, Spain, Italy, or Greece where wine is a common part of almost every meal or gathering.

    Since cheap flights have become more common, young British tourists are infamous for being riotously drunk while on holiday across Europe. I don’t think that their host countries appreciate it…

    Using the term “Europe” is bound to be imprecise since it includes other nations, such as Russia, that are drinking themselves to death on a level that is unknown anywhere else in the world.

    On the whole, though, there are more nations in Europe with liberal attitudes about alcohol than there are places like Canada and the US, with their multiple-personality approach to drinking.

    PS: Is it any surprise that Newfoundland has such high rates of binge drinking and alcohol abuse when the vast majority of us are genetically and culturally descended from the British Isles? These things don’t happen overnight…

  6. Blackstrap · September 30, 2010

    The striking thing about it is that people in Portugal or Germany probably drink more than us per capita, but they do it in a completely different way so as to minimize the negative effects…

    I hear people around here saying in all seriousness “Liquor is quicker, I can’t wait that long to get drunk” or “I don’t eat before I go out, it makes me too full to keep drinking” – no wonder so many people end up blacking out and embarrassing themselves.

    We’ve all been there at one time or another, because we didn’t know any better, but to walk down George Street and see hundreds of 25+ “grownups” who are not remotely in control of themselves is pretty frustrating for people like me who want to see widespread liberalization of our alcohol legislation.

    The thing is, though, do you just accept things the way they are or do you strive to make changes? If we stay on the current path, then people will be making dumb drinking decisions for all time.

    To be honest with you, I think the only way to make an improvement is to keep your kids honest about alcohol. If drinking is banned yet continuously glorified, they will be chomping at the bit to get loaded out in the woods with their friends. If they are gradually introduced to the scattered ritualistic beer with dad at 14 or 15, then it takes away that mystique to get incredibly hammered for its own sake as soon as their friends pick it up…

    (And to clarify my stance on the original rant, I think its pretty childish to sneak booze into a place that doesn’t serve alcohol, but I definitely think people should never have to resort to that because of outdated laws. Just let them order it…)

  7. hatepretentiouspeoplre · September 30, 2010

    lets assume this person walked home with this child and not drove right? All the fancy pretentious reasoning wont change the fact that DUI is brutal… and you have wayyy too much time on your hands to think up such a deep response.

  8. Blackstrap · September 30, 2010

    And, you could have used a little more time to reassess your shallow response.

    There is no way to know if the drinker was the child’s guardian and there is definitely no way to know if the drinker was impaired. They certainly broke the rules of Empire Theatres (god forbid) and they also broke public drinking laws. My entire point – that you seem to have missed entirely – is that these BS laws shouldn’t exist in the first place.

    By your logic, drinking equals impaired. By your logic, a dad who had a Canadian at Fog City in the company of his teenagers is a “brutal” drunk driver waiting to happen, even if he doesn’t put the keys in the ignition for another three hours.

    Drunk driving is serious but that is not the issue at hand…

    PS: Look up “argumentum ad hominem” and see where your own fancy reasoning failed.

  9. C · September 30, 2010

    I’m no parent, but I’ve seen friends trying to get their kids to sit down long enough to eat a snack. no one deserves a drink more than them.

  10. b00n · September 30, 2010

    Canada should grow up and loosen the liquor laws. I’d love to have a drink at the theater. It’s silly that I can’t.