Stop right there! Australia should be ashamed if they are going to release any item that links children with alcohol, and this is what Alco-Pops is. This new, supposedly “harmless” Icy pole is set to be released into our major markets in late 2013, what is really in them, and should we really be letting them in? Alco-pops are Popsicles that come in a range of colours, with each colour represent alcohol mixed with a fruit juice. This item will only be available to purchase for those who are at the legal age, but just because they are in the form of a beloved childhood treat, does it mean it is harmless fun? You can decide!
A new item that is soon to be released in the Australian Market is Alco-Pops. The name is pretty self explanatory, Popsicles that are Alcohol flavoured. We gathered research and have discovered that these Popsicles don’t have less alcohol than a standard drink, but nearly more! And because the flavoured is a sweet based, it is easily consumed and more appealing to the tasted buds of the younger generation. You can’t deny that alcohol is used and abused at such a young age, with statistics showing that over half of the teens aged between 14-16 are consuming alcohol at least once a week. Being a teen myself i have seen how alcohol can effect the body at such a young age, and To many, this chilled treat is just a recipe for disaster with parents concerning that even though you won’t be able to purchase this item unless you are at the legal age of 18+, that consumers will be the ages between 13-17. If this society is still struggling to defeat the issue of underage drinking, why should we allow for Alco-Pops to be released into our market
Underage drinking is very hard on the human’s brain development. The front part of your brain, the decision maker, is not fully developed until you are an adult. Do you honestly think that mixing alcohol and a non fully developed brain is a good idea? Of course not! No parent would want to put there child at risk, especially when research shows high rates of drinking in younger age groups, with about 17% of 13-year-olds drinking four drinks a week, and 30% of 14-year-olds consuming six drinks. Schools, organisations and even families have invested time and money in educating the young teens of Australia about the results and consequences of consuming Alcohol. All of that effort is slowing starting to melt as these frozen drinks are being put on our supermarket shelves. By law, any person under the age of 18 are forbidden to consume alcohol or even have possession of it, and Australia is struggling to keep the younger generations in line with this law. And any parent would hate to hear that their child is using and abusing alcohol, some parents try to avoid the problem by turning a blind eye, but how much do you really know about your kids and what they get up to?
We all know that alcohol doesn’t just effect the body but also people around you, according to Answers.com, an average of twelve thousand nine hundred eighty two people die a year from underage drinking; many of them being car accidents. These facts are horrific and terrifying, and we have the power to change these numbers, and make the death toll significantly lower, but bringing out Alco-Pops will defiantly contribute negatively. These icy treats that is to surly attract those who have a sweet tooth, is predicated to lead to downfall for the consumer, especially if drinking becomes habitual, with is a common case in today’s society. Underage drinking, or consuming alcoholic popsicles can impact the ability to make decision (right vs wrong) resulting in irreversible results such as car accident, pregnancy / disease, shop lifting, violence etc. Many say that this young generation turn to drinking as they feel it solves problems, and numbs unwanted feelings, and any worried parent would be concerned if they find out that their child is feeling so down and blue that they turn to drinking. And what is worse is that underage drinking can lead to distance between parents and children.
So, if you are a worried parent, a young teen, a teacher of even someone who cooperates with the Australian market, ask yourself this. Are Alco-Pops really necessary? Are they really safe? And will they improve the underage drinking rates in Australia? Australia should be helping the trouble teens that already face future problem as a result to drinking, instead we are producing products that promote this aswell as abusing a symbolic item that represents the innocence of childhood and linking it with a nasty, negative habit that should only occur in adults. We can still change the statistics and numbers, but in order to change the future, we need to improve the present!