Too much of anything can be bad.
When it comes to alcohol, 54-year-old Kalolo Kalolo from Vaitele-fou said the level of abuse he has witnessed during the Festive Season is alarming.
He said he has seen many young people become so drunk to the point where they don’t have a clue how bad their behaviour is.
“I look at the youth nowadays with anxiety and sadness since they do not drink responsibly,” he said.
“It is always good to drink alcohol and have fun to celebrate the end of the year, but at the same time, some other kids just drink to the extreme. This is sad.”
He noted that when youth behave in an unpleasant way while intoxicated; they are not just representing themselves, but their parents and family who are also tainted with a bad image.
“Every time a good party goes out of control, they do not just have fights, they disturb other neighbours while they are at it.”
“It is not only that, but there’s the risk of drunk driving. They would not just harm their own lives, but also the lives of others and other people’s properties if they crash into their compounds.”
Drink alcohol to feel the thrill of the New Year that is coming up, but never let it go off track is this father’s advice for the young people of Samoa.
It is just not the alcohol that he is anxious about, it is also the cost of living nowadays, regardless of the many sales there are in Samoa during this time of the year.
And as the only person who works within his family, whatever money he earns is never enough for his family.
“In my own opinion, everything that we do revolves around money, whether it is transport or food or electricity it all has a cost or a price tag on it. At my age and being the provider of my family, many more years down the road and I know that my strength won’t be the same.”
“By the looks of it, the older I become, the more expensive things will cost and I am bothered because if I do not work, then my family would not function.”