Drinking by Y.P. file
18th October, 1943.
AN APPEAL TO POPULAR OPINION
WHICH MIGHT BE ISSUED BY A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT.
The Brewers' Society has been considerably concerned for some months by reports of excessive drinking by adolescents, especially by inexperienced girls, and have so informed the Government. It is difficult to verify the reports many of which may be exaggerated. It is easy for indignant observers in one town to take bad conduct there as characteristic of all towns.
But there is enough substance in the reports to justify the anxiety of the Brewers' Society and it is in these circumstances that the Society asked for our assistance in this important social matter.
The steady tendency in the country is towards sobriety but this gratifying fact is not inconsistent with very regrettable lapses among sections of the public.
Investigations conducted by Brewers and others show clearly enough that the chief source of danger is treating, more especially of young people, whether those young people are serving in the Forces or in the factories, by older people [who always seem to have plenty of money to spend.]
It is said that girls seek too readily what they call "a good time" and little imagination is needed to foresee what may happen when a girl, taken unawares and in her determination to have that good time, temporarily loses her self control. We all fear that light-hearted and ignorant actions in inexperienoed youth may become the foundation for lasting bad habits. It is a passing phase, a War phase, a lapse among a section of people, many of whom are far from their homes. We all enjoy a good time but not all of us realise that any good time or any pleasure is spoilt by excess. Brewers and the retailers of alcoholic liquor are sensible of the peculiar