No more vino for Italian teens!
A drinking ban prohibiting the consumption and sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 16 is being enforced for the first time in Milan, Italy.
The ban is an attempt to curb the rising trend of binge drinking. The city claims approximately one-third of 11 year olds have problems with alcohol.
Although underage drinking is a common issue with American teens that is frequently addressed by states, parents and schools, this is a relatively new issue being dealt with in Europe.
In a country that has no minimum drinking age, Milan is the first city to ban minors from consuming alcohol and the new law comes as a shock to many residents. Food and wine are such big aspects of the Italian culture and it is not uncommon for parents to serve their children small portions of wine on special occasions. However, parents will now be facing heavy fines of up to 500 Euros or approximately $700 if their children are caught consuming alcohol including wine. Bar and store owners will also face similar fines if caught selling alcohol to minors under the age of 16.
Why do you believe some teens binge drink or have problems with alcohol? Do you think binge drinking is a serious problem for teens in the U.S.? What can be done to help teens with substance abuse problems?