|Re: alcohol||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Eris Weaver (eriswsonic.net)|
|Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 13:05:39 -0800 (PST)|
I think I came off more flippant than I meant to be in my previous post about alcohol use at FrogSong. Our policy around alcohol at meals was discussed as part of our meals policy quite a while before our move-in, which was two years ago. We do have a few members who are in recovery, for whom the easy availability of alcohol here isn't an issue. We only have two teenagers so far and many younger kids. There are differences of opinion as to alcohol use by kids - some of our members are European and think it is OK for their kids to drink at home - also many differences of opinion about recreational drug use, in general and in front of or by kids. People are generally respectful of other people's opinions and parenting styles, and I don't think any adult in the community would give alcohol or pot to someone else's child. Our community also has a culture that is resistant to rules, and tends to be open and easy about things until a problem arises. I predict that opinions about alcohol stored in the common house may not change until there is an incident of some sort. Personally I have mixed feelings about our easy access here. Part of it is personal -- while not an alcoholic, I do find I tend to drink more when it is right there in front of me than if I had to bring it from home. (The same is true of food - many of us have gained weight since moving in, with our scrumptious common meals! Portion control is much more difficult when there is a big serving dish in front of you!) I also have concerns about the messages we send to our kids by how we adults use alcohol. (I also happen to work in public health, currently on a project about underage & binge drinking!) ******************************************* Eris Weaver erisw [at] sonic.net FrogSong, Cotati, CA
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