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Raise the price of alcohol, says survey

Coming out of the latest annual secondary schools survey to gauge the extent of substance use among Barbadian students, are recommendations to increase the price of alcohol and establish a minimum legal age for the purchase and consumption of such beverages.

Both recommendations, directed at Government policymakers, are aimed at making it difficult for persons under age to get their hands on alcoholic beverages which, the 2013 Barbados Secondary School Survey found, represent the main substance consumed by children of school age.

The findings of the survey were released this week by the Research Department of the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA). The survey was a collaborative effort that also involved the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

National Council  on Substance Abuse Research Assistant Laura Foster.

National Council on Substance Abuse Research Assistant Laura Foster.

After alcohol, marijuana, inhalants and tobacco, in that order, were listed as the other substances commonly used by Barbadian school children.

Training of beverage servers to detect underage alcoholic drinking and deter binge drinking was another recommendation as the research showed that social life may play a role in drug use, particularly where alcohol and marijuana are concerned.

Delivering the findings of the survey, NCSA’s Research Assistant Laura Foster proposed that in an effort to prevent use of illicit drugs in schools, Section A (3) of the Education Act should be reviewed. She said this particular section outlines procedures for dealing with students who have in their possession any intoxicating liquor or controlled drug within the meaning of section 3 of the Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act 1991.

“Develop collaborative relationships between community leaders, law enforcement and school officials to address the use of illegal drugs by adolescents in the community and school settings,” Foster also proposed, as well as selective interventions among high school students with poor academic records and behavioural problems.

The report, based on the survey’s findings, also recommended interventions that focus on the social environment in which adolescents live, specifically “interventions that focus on parental modeling to prevent adolescents’ drug use and the promotion of positive student-teacher relationships.”

6 Responses to Raise the price of alcohol, says survey

  1. Prince Nicholas
    Prince Nicholas June 13, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Having done these surveys while I was at school I know children lie whilst doing them some say they drink alcohol when they never drink a twist in their life so the whole survey is based on questionable data ..also the price will not affect student consumption . the issue is not price it is the face that the proprietor sells it to underage sooo still back at square one . plus children now of days are so matured that they can pass as adults especially the girls .

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes June 13, 2015 at 9:33 am

    ID at purchase and have an age limit. Prosecute people who sell to underage children.

  3. jrsmith June 13, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I think this issue ,raising the flag on alcohol , looks more like a smoke screen ,to hide the real problem of hard drugs on the island, its always black people , choose to run with any problem that’s easy. thats alcohol.
    The major problem hard drugs Mr bigs , are so very well protected , when last on the island we see an arrest of any of them, if we see the effort , directed at both ,the easy target (alcohol) and the people who are controlling the hard drugs in Barbados , this would be an achievement.

  4. Patrick Blackman June 13, 2015 at 11:37 am

    This suggestion is so stupid I won’t even bother with it.

  5. jus me June 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I wonder how much Laura does get p.a in salary????
    Pretty face ,pretty dress, i should imagine a PRETTY GOOD LIFE.

    LIKE THE 350,000$ UWI FIASCO.

    ANY BODY READ DE BOOK Dont stop the carnival!!!

  6. Alex Alleyne June 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    the youths would just buy and smoke more weed . Half a dozen of one and six of the other .


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