A big part of why I’m here is the Education component that is sorely lacking in the USA for beer.
Let me expound.
Since when did beer become ‘bad’? In the pre prohibition days, beer was part of everyday, acceptable, respectable life. Seriously.
In Maureen Ogle’s article in the latest issue of The New Brewer magazine, she hits it straight on – and accurately so.
“…elsewhere programs designed to teach children to demonize, rather than respect, alcohol.”
Alcohol – and beer – is not the devil nor the culprit. Parents need to step up, adults need to step up – teaching is key (not in th schools – they have enough to tackle). Therein lies part of the educational component that is sorely lacking.
When we teach responsibility and respect in our homes and other civic platforms, we all benefit and I daresay, negative effects would drop dramatically from ALL alcohol.
I can tell you that my sister and I were taught to drink at home. We were given the opportunity to try, if we wanted, to know what it was – that it wasn’t taboo. That went for all-illegal-under-18/21-substances. Since it was demystified at home, well, the desire to use in excess was virtually non existent for us. I say it paid off well. Thanks Mom & Dad.
So…education is a big part of what will be covered here. Ideas on how to, when to, where to, and why.
Knowledge is power – and responsibility comes from knowledge impartially and factually proffered.
Would society feel comfortable letting new drivers, regardless of age, drive a car without having first taken the drivers training course??