Mother putting a name to binge culture

Churchlands resident Samantha Menezes with her son Tavis. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398814
Churchlands resident Samantha Menezes with her son Tavis. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398814

Mrs Menezes has received overwhelming support for an online petition she started last month to persuade the State Government to introduce laws to prevent adults from supplying alcohol to minors at private functions in private premises without the parents’ consent.

The laws already exist in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Mrs Menezes said scientific evidence showing the serious damage alcohol abuse caused in young people could not be refuted.

‘I was 15 when I had my first drink ” I completely wiped myself out in a country pub in South Australia and put myself at great risk,’ she said.

‘When I reflect back on it, that was a really bad thing to do.

‘In our family, the kids have been brought up talking about alcohol. We never condoned underage drinking, we never supplied alcohol.

‘But if something did happen to (my children) we’d have to weather it as a family but there would be no consequences for the person who (supplied the alcohol),’ she said.

Mrs Menezes said the mentality some young people today had towards drinking was scary and she was shocked when she heard one of her sons describe how his friends went out with the intent of ‘getting hammered’.

‘Everybody enjoys a little bit of a social drink ” there’s nothing wrong with that ” it’s just this binge drinking mentality that needs to change,’ she said.

Visit www.change.org to view the petition.