Childhood Drinking: A New Kind Of Conversation

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Slideshow introducing a new discussion guide for communities to deliberate over what to do about childhood drinking.

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Childhood Drinking: A New Kind Of Conversation

  1. 1. A New Kind Of Conversation<br />Making Choices About Underage Drinking In The Community<br />
  2. 2. Hard Problems Require Public Deliberation<br />Communities across America face tough problems, what some scholars call “wicked problems”<br />These are problems where:<br />The cause is not clear<br />The solution is not clear<br />Any solution will take multiple actors (different groups, citizens, government, etc.)<br />
  3. 3. Wicked Problems Are Political And Involve Values<br />“Wicked problems” aren’t technical problems, otherwise we would have solved them<br />They involve trade offs between values, and also require political will<br />Example: Terrorism in U.S. involves tension between security and freedom<br />They require deliberation<br />
  4. 4. What Deliberation Takes<br />Real choices<br />Evenhanded presentation<br />Address trade offs<br />
  5. 5. This Discussion Guide<br />How should our community prevent and reduce drinking by children aged 9-15?<br />Three Options<br />Neutral<br />Each Option Has Drawbacks As Well As Advantages<br />Face Trade Offs<br />
  6. 6. Introduction<br />
  7. 7. Option One<br />Reach Children With Problems Early<br />“Some children have problems when it comes to alcohol and other issues. We need to find them as early as possible and help them.”<br />But: Professionals will intrude in families’ lives; the issue may get pushed underground.<br />
  8. 8. Option Two<br />Remove Access and Incentives<br />“If we are going to make it so our children don&apos;t drink, we will need to change the community. This includes not only making it harder to get access to alcohol, but also stronger enforcement of the laws.”<br />But: We will need more control over children&apos;s day-to-day activities as well as more restrictions on adults&apos; behavior <br />
  9. 9. Option Three<br />Help Children Through A Difficult Time In Development<br />“We need to help children through the difficult elementary and middle school years so they do not get derailed.“<br />But: Responsibility for parenting children will shift from the family to professionals. <br />
  10. 10. For More Information<br />Leadership To Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation www.alcoholfreechildren.org<br />National Issues Forums Institutewww.nifi.org<br />

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