Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 30, 1973 · Page 45
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 45

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, June 30, 1973
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HI-PUBLIC BULLDOG A*S0 The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Sat., June JO, Ei?en 10-year-olds can be alcoholics Log Angeles At a recent meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in California's San Fernando Valley, one of the members was hon* ored on his first "birthday," an AA event signifying one year of sobriety. He was 11 years old. At the same meeting, a 10 year - old boy reported he had been sober for one month. Shocking? Not according to officials in AA, drug • abuse prevention groups and government agencies. These youngsters are part of a growing number of child and teenage alcoholics estimated at 7,500 in the Los-Angeles area and 450,000 in the nation. True, generations of teen - agers have been drinking alcohol, and it is not unusual for teen - agers to steal some of their parents' liquor supply for a weekend party. But the number of young people drinking to excess, mixing alcohol with drugs and suffering from alcoholism, is climbing at an alarming rate. Alcoholics Anonymous particularly has felt this increase. Currently there are 25 meetings that are "young people o r i e n t e d," while a year ago there were 12 and five years ago, none. "We have a younger age level in AA here in Southern California than anywhere in the nation and also the fastest growth," said an A A spokesman. "The median age is ' about 31." Dr. Morris Chafetz, the government's top alcohol expert as director of the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse, said the exact number of teen - age alcoholics cannot be determined. "But it is a far more serious problem than we ever imagined," he said. "It is not uncommon to see severe alcohol problems in kids 9,10, 12 years old." HR noted an evolution in national drinking habits: "The whole pop wine market (apple wine, strawberry wine) is not the alcohol beverage choice of adults but appeals to the teen - age market. And they (liquor stores) cannot keep enough in stock." National statistics indicate 7 out of 10 youngsters have had their first taste of alcohol by age 14, and 87 per cent have tasted alcohol by 16. June, 14, had her first drink when she was 8. She accompanied her mother to a party and, like many child alcoholics, was handed her first drink by an adult, who thought it was funny to see *uch a small girl drunk. June, sober now for 11 months, sat in a room at the meeting house of her AA chapter, of which she is secretary and, chain - smoking a pack of cigarettes, recalled her past several years. She spoke in an offhand, distracted manner: "I was drinking sloe gin and taking pills regularly when I was 9," she said, adding she got the barbiturates from a friend whose mother worked in a pharmacy. "My mother is an alcoholic. times Service I was 5 years old and taking care of her, and 1 never brought any friends home." She discounted the argument that liquor is hard for minors to obtain. "Booze was simple to buy," she said. "You just wait outside a liquor store and see a nice older gentleman or a young guy and you ask him to buy you a six-pack because you are having a party. "I never had to wait long." "I w o u 1 d drink to get drunk, mostly on weekends. I knew I had a problem, but I didn't want to identify myself as an alcoholic because I didn't, want to be what my mother was." Today, June and her mother live together and attend the same AA meeting. Another young member is not so lucky. Mary, 12, leaves her Los Angeles home eachc Sunday morning and tells her moth e r she is going to church. "Church" is the local AA meeting and Mary has to lie about her destination because her mother, a drinking alcoholic, does not believe in AA. Parents play a large if sometimes subtle their children's drinking habits. Authorities agree teen-age drinking fulfills some desire youths have to emulate adults. They see their parents drink and see it as socially acceptable. They may drink without their parents' permission or, in many cases, teen-agers drink alcohol with.their parents permission and approval. "Many parents don't realize the problems of alcohol," said Norman Southerby, with the alcoholism safety action project of Los Angeles County. .Southerby, who works on alcohol-related projects with the U.S. D e p a r t m e n t of Transportation and teaches alcohol-abuse courses for Los Angeles city schools, knows of many instances where parents give approval for their teeen-agers drinking. He told of one 15-year-old girl whose parents let her drink regularly in front of them because they said they would rather she drank in front of them than behind their backs. Parents also often approve- of their teen-agers drinking because they figure if their children are drinking alcohol, they won't take other drugs, Southerby said. "Parents who learn their children are not using the so- called other drugs but the drug alcohol are relieved," said Chafetz. While people generally think marijuana and drugs are the primary problem with youths today, Chafetz noted that the President's Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse listed alcohol as the No. 1 most abused drug in the nation. Raul Elias, director of the Alcohol Planning Council of the East Los Angeles Health Task Force said alcohol-related arrests of, youths have increased 700 per cent over the past four years. WE DARE YOU TO COMPARE IF YOU ARE INSULATING, PAINTING OR STUCCOING MOST PEOPLE ONOOSE SUPERBOND COATItib OVER OTHER COATINGS BECAUSE - SUPERBOND IS , . . • The Cadillac of stuccos at a low cost • Finishes are available in sand finish, or Spanish textured finish. 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