Monday, April 07, 2008
Nanny Bans Drinking Games
Drinking games have been part and parcel of youthful exuberance since mankind first learnt how to ferment alcohol. Indeed, the yard of ale has ben a fixture in pubs for centuries.
However, Nanny's chums in Exeter university recently decided that as a result of the death of a student from excess booze, these games are to be banned.
Gavin Britton, an 18 year old student at Exeter University, died after drinking a Jackson Five (12 shots of alcohol) during an evening of pub golf, where drinks are sunk in a 'par' number of swigs.
Exeter University have now banned drinking games and initiation ceremonies.
A spokesman said:
"There has been an effort to get other universities to follow suit."
Here's why this is not going to work:
1 Young people do stupid things, that's part of growing up
2 Banning these games will have no effect, they will simply continue "behind closed doors"
3 Many young people take part in these games without dying
4 Banning them will simply make them more attractive and appealing
5 Parents should teach their children to treat alcohol with respect, before they release them to university/society (ie take them down the pub etc)
Nanny's ban is, for once, well intentioned. However, it is not the answer and will not work.