Drug and alcohol expert Paul Dillon talks about adolescents, under age drinking, COVID restrictions and what might happen when restrictions ease in this article from his blog “Doing Drugs with Paul Dillon.”
Here’s a little of what Paul has to say…
It’s been (and will continue to be) a tough time for everyone, particularly in regard to social isolation and as I’ve said previously we are in completely uncharted territory and still have little idea about what comes next. In a feature in The Lancet published a couple of weeks ago the author, Joyce Lee wrote “… not much is known about the long-term mental health effects of large-scale disease outbreaks on children and adolescents.” She ended the piece by stating we needed to support young people through this period but there is also “a need to monitor young people’s mental health status over the long-term, and to study how prolonged school closures, strict social distancing measures, and the pandemic itself affect the wellbeing of children and adolescents.”
What will the impact be on our young people and how will they respond once things return to some degree of normalcy? Some experts that I have spoken to have great concerns about the return of the #YOLO (You Only Live Once) phenomenon. For those of you who don’t know, YOLO is similar to ‘carpe diem’ (‘seize the day’) and is a call for people to live life to its fullest extent. #YOLO became well-known after Canadian rapper Drake used the term in songs in 2011 and in the next few years it became a staple of music and youth culture, being a subject of graffiti, tattoos and merchandise. It was also used to accompany a range of increasingly dangerous pranks and tricks culminating in Twitter suspending the use of the YOLO hashtag in 2014 due to its link to the promotion of high-risk activity.