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Exchange Students From France

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side of Recovery' started by Mic, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Mic

    Mic Guest

    We have two teenage exchange students staying with us for a couple weeks. They know <s>four</s> five words in English?!?!

    I grew up in Canada and speak a little French, but it's rusty...been a long time. It's very fun to have them here hanging out with our two girls. I guess you could say that I've totally taken for granted my ability to communicate with others. Such basic things as "What would you like to eat?" "What town do you live in?" What kind of music do you enjoy, and on and on and on...anyhow, my girls are having a ball with this. :)


    Oh, and get this....they both (15 yrs. girls) drink coffee and have wine with dinner. It's interesting that in European countries with no drinking age, that there are far fewer alcohol-related traffic accidents than in the U.S.. Could it be because they're far more mature when it comes to alcohol consumption? (Than here in the U.S. where drinking is almost a rite of passage at age 21?)

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  2. dogpaw

    dogpaw Guest

    I think that's it exactly. If you tell a kid to keep their hand out of the cookie jar, it becomes so much more tempting. I grew up in a household where alcohol was consumed on occasion, (wine with dinner once in a while, a cocktail on a holiday, etc.) We were allowed to taste a sip once in a while. It was just kind of unimportant. And I've never felt the urge to drink. But, given "taboo" drugs, I used most of them to excess, at least for a while. I think that teaching moderation by example can be a good thing.

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  3. glassbottom

    glassbottom Well-Known Member

    I just want to add however, that france has the highest rate alcholism per capia of any country in the world.

    on the other hand, they take subutex like candy and have no trouble stopping.
  4. Nomadic

    Nomadic Well-Known Member

    Good point. "Figures don't lie, Liars figure" is an old saying when it comes to numbers, percentages. Listen to politicians, they know the craft.


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  5. gettingbetter

    gettingbetter Well-Known Member

    I know this thread is ancient, but I never thought the teenage drinking/correlation to driving accidents was due to maturity.
    I just thought they didn't drive nearly as much over there, period, or as early as teenagers do in America.

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