NDC urges parents to talk to kids about booze

| 02/03/2014

(CNS): According to research undertaken by the National Drugs Council, alcohol remains the most commonly reported drug used by adolescents in Cayman.  The most recent Cayman Islands Student Drug Use Survey (CISDUS) found that 60.6% (1,775 students) reported having had a drink at least once in their lifetime. From this percentage, 53.6% (951 students) reported that their parents had spoken with them about the importance of not using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. But only 39.4% said parents had spoken with them about their experiences with alcohol and other drugs when they were young.

“We encourage you to talk to your children early and to become the greatest positive influence your child may ever have in their lifetime,” said officials from the NDC.  “As a parent or guardian we can’t always control the powerful messages our child may already be receiving from peers, the media, the World Wide Web, and perhaps even from our own unconscious behavior but we can make a difference by preparing them.”

Offering a list of tips on how to do that, the NDC urged parents to communicate with their kids, provide the basics and listen to them.

“As a parent or guardian if you don’t drink, be honest and explain to your child why you have made that choice, including how much fun it can be to be alcohol and drug free,” the NDC stated.  “Almost half of the students that reported lifetime alcohol use, reported that their parents had set an example by not abusing alcohol or drugs. Finally, if you drink, drink responsibly. Let your child see you drink only in moderation, not amounts that produce intoxication. Also give your child the opportunity to see you abstain from drinking and hear you say 'no thanks'.

For more information on alcohol and other drugs please contact the NDC by phone at 949-9000, email info@ndc.ky or visit www.ndc.ky.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh i gorgot to mention i know serveral MLA's when they were younger who drank, and guess what they are doing pretty good for themselfs, arent i right  MLA's?

    • Anonymous says:

      17.04..only 4 minutes after work and you also "gorgot"? Gorgot your grinking groots? Gegg outtahere! Gluggy glishead.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I see nothing wrong in giving my kids a glass of wine at dinner, this is how i was brought as well as many of my friends on the island, all of them all have great jobs, degrees and are doing very well in life, we were educated to respect booze, of course we got drunk andmade a mess of our friends car, thats life, look at the US drinking age 21yrs, look at the amount of fatals they will have this spring break in the US, it will amaze you, now look at the same her in cayman NONE!!!!!!

    i am not a drug user but if soeone wants to ry i , go ahead, t doesnt mean you r a druggie!!! as far as i am concerned itste parents saying NO NO NO, and hen thy rebell and binge drun and use dugs!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Booze is great son. All women look extremely beautiful after 7 bottles of lager

  4. UHUHUH says:

    And I quote: According to research undertaken by the National Drugs Council, alcohol remains the most commonly reported drug used by adolescents in Cayman. End quote: Cayman has become such a joke, to others who come here and hear these NGOs talk about what needs to be done to stop this ,that, and the other thing. Here's some advice to the NDC stop letting these groups such as the beach volleyball organization, use  their nets for advertising the liquor sold by their sponsors, while at the same time wanting young people to join their leagues!

    All we do in Cayman is to pay lip service to some of these growing problems.  

    • Anonymous says:

      I am still trying to figure out exactly what NDC is doing to rid the island of the harmful effects of substance abuse.  They keep giving us reports that things are worse. I wonder how their  performance is evaluated and their success measured.  They have a big budget.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Kids, booze is wonderful.  Some people think drugs are better than booze.  Experiment a bit and sees what works for you.  Hope you have fun like we did.

  6. Anonymous says:

    "…alcohol or drugs…"


    This is not an "either or" situation. Alcohol is a drug. Nicotine is a drug. Both are adictive, especially nicotine.


    Some people think that just because alcohol and nicotine happen to be "legal" then they are not "drugs".


    Legalize everything and tax the consumption so that government has some money to help mitigate the adiction problem that some people have.


    Keeping "drugs" illegal does nothing but keep the criminals rich. The criminals do not pay taxes to help mitigate the problems that they profit from.

  7. Anonymous says:

    20 years to late, half the parents in Cayman are alcholics

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yet the Government continue to allow the print advertising of alcohol – to get new customers in other words to get the children to consume alcohol.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dear son, you might as well get roaring drunk now like I did because the hangovers get hellish when you are older.  And drugs are great, I had some of the best times of my life on some them.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the NDC should also lobby the Government to reduce the number of bars that appear around every corner enticing everyone to drink and the crazy extension of bar hours until all hours of the morning!

    • Anonymous says:

      If you try to control it like that, it will just go underground as the drugs have now..and that wil be much worse-home made alcohol is frequently lethal..