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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The One Where I Sound Like My Grandmother

"The researchers also found that 28% of the 12-year-olds reported drinking with their friends at least sometimes..."

This is what I come across while trying to be a good student. Reading along in my Abnormal Psych book (by David H. Barlow & V. Mark Durand, to cover my butt...) and that jumps out. We're not even to the abnormal stuff. We're just talking about methods of research. And apparently delinquent preteens.

Twenty-eight percent? Really? Where are their parents? The most I ever had to drink in high school was 1/3 of a Kahlua Mudslide. Actually, I'm pretty sure that's the only drink I had in high school. Are these kids really that bored? What happened to four square? Kickball? The freaking tire swings? Read a damn Harry Potter book!

I may have been a goody-two-shoes, but couldn't they at least wait until the word "teen" was in their age? Am I ridiculously naive or are y'all as baffled as I am? Gonna have to put a freaking padlock on the fridge when I have kids...

7 comments :

Constructive Attitude said...

12 years old!?!?? are u serious? when i was that age i was so scared and stressed out about my period. wth is happening to the world.

Meg said...

Exactly! I don't even want to think about what these kids are doing to their reproductive systems.

That Kind of Girl said...

Good lord, 12 is precocious. I remember my best friend and me stealing a few sips of vodka from my parents' liquor cabinet when we were 13, then getting totally nauseated and swearing we wouldn't touch the stuff again. (Um, a promise that lasted for a few years, at least.) What the heck would a bunch of drunk 12 year olds even do?!

On my edge sun said...

That figure doesn't suprise me :( I know it was bad enough when I was at school, it was a minority but some kids at 11 were into drink and drugs, I'm not trying to imply they were related but by 13/14 a couple of girls in my year were away having kids. 28% seems high (and I would guess a lot of kids would say they were just to sound 'grown up and cool' infront of the person asking the question - at that age, and from experience a lot of boys at least seem to just compulsivley lie) but having lived in some rough parts of the UK I'd probably have guessed that figure is higher for some places.

Gwen said...

I think it seems really high too. I only know 1 person that drank before high school and I believe that she was just really weird. LOL!!! Sounds to me like a lot of children thought it would be fun to "lie" on the survey. But I'm with you...Ellie had better wait or all hell will break loose in my house. XOXO

Sassy Chica said...

not only do you need a padlock for the fridge, but also keep your perscrption drugs out of reach..

Smooches,
Sassy Chica

Red Boots said...

Hey! I've just tagged you!! x