Have you ever read the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs? I haven't either, but, according to Business Week, the May issue of the medical journal says they questioned 3,600 middle school kids about a bunch of things and then came back two years later and asked the same questions again.
What they discovered was that 3 percent of the kids who said their parents never let them watch R rated movies drank alcohol while 19 percent of the kids who did watch R rated movies drank alcohol.
For those of you not here in the United States, an R rated movie is one where if you are under the age of 17 and go to the movies to see it you have to be with a parent. Of course with cable and NetFlix and downloads, those restrictions only work at the movies.
To me, this isn't about R rated movies and it shouldn't be treated as such. I think it is about parents who take an interest in their child and who are watching over them. What they forget to say is that 81 percent of the kids who watch R rated movies don't drink. The movies have nothing to do with it. I think 19% of the kids probably have two parents who probably have to work to make a living and also the fact that high school kids sometimes drink. I know. Shocker. If they were interviewed in 8th grade, it means they were in 10th grade the second time around. I know a lot of kids who drank in 10th grade. Hell, I knew kids in 10th grade who were making moonshine when they were in the 10th grade.
Am I wrong? Is this about the movies? If I let a 15 year old child watch Hurt Locker are they going to start hitting the bottle? I watched R rated movies in middle school and high school but my parents didn't know. I would just sneak into those movies when I was supposed to be watching some PG flick. And yes, I started drinking in high school. I blame parents not having locks on their bars and people not carding me not a movie I watched.