The issue of under-age drinking remains largely unaddressed. Under-age alcohol abuse is of immense concern to various communities and those in the business. Stigma (both cultural and social) is a major hurdle. But on the flipside, businesses may also be unfairly criticised.
As a step in the right direction, Tyson Stelzer has spent the last 3 years setting up the Teen Rescue Foundation which has just been officially announced. He has put out a call to the wider wine community to be proactive in tackling underaged alcohol abuse. I urge everyone to sign up on their site, and have a look on their facebook page for activities. Recently, they were at Schoolies week on the Gold Coast. There is also a group of winemakers on their bikes sweating over the 7 Peaks Alpine Challenge in aid of the foundation. So far, they have raised $40,000 of their $100,000 target.
Alcohol abuse isn’t just restricted to those affected. It is a disgraceful societal problem, and like it or not, one which impacts on every individual directly or indirectly.