Moving Forward: A Call for Sober Sanity

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:30pm

ALCOHOL: A CALL FOR SOBER SANITYI have to say that I am totally disgusted by the alcohol companies/distributes of Trinidad and Tobago. The marketing for their products have not only taken advantage of the conditioned drunkenness of the nation, but gone above and beyond that in influencing youths. What used to leak out in a way that trickled down to children (usually by lack of concern by the parents anyway), has become an aggressively indiscriminant marketing attack on our n
ation’s mentality in the portrayal of overly fermented poison which has infected their minds. Half naked WO models on billbords on the highway, Stag motorcades through the streets in the day, 3zero soca fests making it the ‘new-sexy’ thing. 
In running the COMAP program (Martial arts for orphans and abandoned children charity) I experienced first hand how exactly alcohol culture has infected their minds. I was telling the children about staying away from drugs, smoking, crime, and alcohol. Then without skipping a beat, an 8 year old quoted (quite excitedly) a 3Zero add from his favorite soca star. I asked him to repeat it and he did. Then proceeded to ask him if he knew that alcohol was bad for you and that it causes health problem. The child was most confused as he was under the impression that alcohol was cool, fun and good for you because of the advertisements and that his heroes endorsed it. The other children where under a similar impression as it seemed and it took some time to talk to them and go through its dangers before they understood what the truth was. Is this acceptable, to have alcohol driven into the minds of the innocent future of our nation because we want to laugh, drink and get on in public constantly?
This Nation has become more and more alcoholic and the alcoholism is growing at an exponential rate with each new generation. Being drunk is a normal weekly (and to some nightly) episode for many in this country. The marketing and total disregard for all good sense of morals and decency when it comes of fermented beverages and the behaviours associated with it has further propelled us into a Godless/Lawless/Family-less/Moral-less society. These are some of the dangers that are associated byproducts of over-consumption (at the very least increasing the likelyhood of) :-Endless Health risks (both immediate including alcohol poisoning and long terms such as liver damage).-Road Fatalities-Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault-Indiscriminate (unprotected) Sexual activity (could fall under health risks)-Dangerous Public Behaviour (within the last year persons being killed and others seriously injuring themselves due to inebriated judgement)-Many more, take your pic of stories in the media and from friends.
Be certain that I am NOT calling for a ban on Alcohol, rather I am making a public can and stand to lobby for this:THE IMMEDIATE LEGISLATION OF STRINGENT ALCOHOL CONTROL MEASURES IN THE INTEREST OF AND CURTAILING THE NEGLIGENT AS WELL AS MANIPULATIVE ALCOHOLIC INFLUENCE ON THIS NATION’S CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY CONCERNING PERSONS UNDER THE LEGAL AGE OF ADULTHOOD.
In consideration of the measures used successfully to create a civilized situation in Developed countries, I propose the following-A legal Consumption age: Preferably 18yrs old-A restriction on promiscuous and aggressive Advertising in settings publically accessible to children.-The revocation and discontinuation of court granted Non Reserved Bar Licences (i.e. those stipulating “Anyday, Anytime”).-Mandatory Breathalyzer training as party of the police force training process (alongside a minimum number of operational units at each branch)-Vehicle Open Bottle Laws -Additional Criminal Charge if found committing an offence while Intoxicated -Stiffer fines for selling and/or serving alcohol to minors-The banning of displaying alcohol containers in public spaces.-Mandatory disclaimers on all alcoholic beverages-Revocation and probation periods of Driver Permits on guilt being proven of drunk driving.
None of what I have offered is new to the world. I want to see my Nation a place where we can reduce and repair some of the damage that Alcohol has done to our Lives, both Individually and Collectively.
I am moving forward and going strong against great opposition in this call, especially due to the massive amount of money that the companies make from poisoning society as well as the vice and trinkets that they have bought off most of our generation with.Those who wish to help our Society climb this mountain of Ignorance and Self Imposed Strife, Please join in and do this for your country.
“Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve.

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