This thread has given me an idea.
Best option: Parents (or their equivalent) teach their children (or their equivalent) about drugs, both legal and illegal. Downside is problems resulting from incompetent parents and such.
Potentially acceptable option: Federally requirement that all children be taught the basics about substance abuse (if this doesn’t happen already)…
Problem is, I fear in many cases it would be the parents and/or the teachers saying “This is BAD!” And leaving it at that.
I’m thinking actual explanations of how and why the substances cause issues, and mentions of sometimes positive effects (that bit about red wine comes to mind).
Additionally, what some have mentioned – make parentally supervised drinking before age 18/21 legal.
This would allow “hands-on” instruction, if you will.
“Downside” to that would be the potential for what happens already – parents not supervising their children in regards to substances.
I’d almost say (in the school idea) have children given (very small!) drinks in class and examine their reactions too it in an essay or whatnot…But that might not end well…