Talk Back: Underage Drinking in West Islip

Are you concerned with teenage drinking in the community?

While underage drinking is a decades-old problem, some residents think it is getting out of hand.

One resident, who requested anonymity, told Patch she's observed kids as young as 14 drinking on the streets of West Islip.

"I see teens walking the streets at 11:00 PM with cans in their hand. I was told by one young teen that an older brother of a friend got it for the group of 14 year olds," she wrote in an email.

Have you noticed an uptick in underage drinking in the area? Do you have any advice for parents who may be struggling with teen drinking? Tell us in the comments.

kerri July 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Underage drinking in this town is out of control, and absolutely worse than other towns. Unfortunately a lot of parents condone this behavior, the parents are just as bad as the kids!
WI Resident July 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I agree, underage drinking in middle school is a problem! Parents need to be more vigil in what there young teens are doing. I keep keep track of what my teen is doing, but it is so hard to keep him away from others that are drinking when most teens are doing it. I can't isolate him. How do the parents of these teens not know their kids are drinking? I constantly monitor what my children are doing, and it is very hard to trust him when he is out with teens who's parents don't care what they are doing, when they come home, or if they are drinking. There's no question that if a 14 year old is drinking, and caught the punishment should be severe. The question is if you know of other kids that are drinking should you tell his/her parents? This is hard on your child because then he is an outcast, maybe that parent knows, but it's just easier to pretend they don't!
violet July 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I hate when some of you parents say that other parents dont care where their child is or what they are doing. You do not know that. You are assuming that is the reason why kids are drinking.. No t always true so stop blaming the parents all the time.
Liam Murphy July 18, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Really Violet, who would you blame!!!!!! I went through this with my oldest who is now in college and going through it now with my 16 year old. People, try communicating with your children. There is a difference between being there friend (which I am not) and communicating. I happen to have a great relationship with my kids and that's because I pretty much know everything they are doing. The $60 piss test is always available in my bathroom and has been used on each of them already. Yes the got mad at me and accused me of not trusting them but that's just to bad!!!! I always keep them on there toes. I'm also not stupid, I know damn well what all these kids are doing and drinking is not the BIG PROBLEM in good old West Islip. You parents should start counting your pills if you ever leave them out. It might not be your kids taking them but who they bring in the house. I have a safe in my house for my firearms and any time there is a prescription it goes in my safe. I'm very friendly in town and attend a lot of parties. Trust me parents ARE the problem. Some are to busy getting drunk themselves to even notice how there kids come home at night. Then there are the parents who are either spending the night in Manhattan or on Fire Island and are ALLOWING there 14 or 15 year old's to throw parties and lastly there are the broken family houses where USUALLY mom thinks there kid has been through so much with a divorce that I will be the cool mom and allow my kid to have a party!!!!!
Winning with the yanks July 18, 2012 at 08:20 PM
dear friendly Liam. You dont trust your kids at all. Glad your not my father. The problem is not just in west islip. Please everyone thinks this is the only god dam town with kids doin wrong. Wait to your kids go to college. I have never meet a parent not now if their kids are or not at home. EXAGGERATED! give me a break. kids are goin to party with or without good parenting.
Liam Murphy July 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM
As far as the drinking.... I have lost some friendships (if you want to call it that, more an acquaintance) in this town by telling them that there kids are drinking or smoking pot at 14-15 years old. The common answer was not my kid, worry about your own. Ok thanks, nice knowing you!!!!!! Did my oldest have some drinks at 16-17, absolutely. Has my 16 year old drank some beers already, He TOLD ME he has. I don't approve it and he knows it but the rule of thumb is YOUR NOT ALLOWED TO GET DRUNK!!!!
Liam Murphy July 18, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Talking about 14-15 year old kids you moron. You are the problem!!!!! If you knew how to read you would have seen I have college kids. Its not them we are talking about!!!!!
Kaitlyn Piccoli (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Let's please keep the comments respectful and refrain from name calling. Thanks.
zack July 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Hey Liam What is the drinking age? How old are kids in college. I think they are not the legal drinking age so therefore it is also undeage drinking mr happy. It was none of your business goin up to parents saying their kid was smoking pot, How did you know anyway? Probably one of your kids telling you. u need a drink liam! worry about yourself.
Liam Murphy July 18, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Hey Zack, I would bet your not even old enough to drink!! I can guarantee you don't have kids because if you did I'm sure you would want a friend to tell you that your 14 year old is smoking pot!!!!! In my world 18 is the drinking age. If you can go fight for your country you can enjoy a cold beer!!!
Liam Murphy July 18, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Kaitlyn, I apologize to you and yanks. Yankee fans always get under my skin lol
i love the yankees July 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
LIam LIam I figured you are probably a uptight met fan. lol! Not a good idea telling parents their kid smokes pot. Please remember who the real baseball team is in this towm.
WI Resident July 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I don't think we should be looking to blame people or call people names, I just think parents and teens need to be aware that under age drinking is dangerous. And if we as a community are aware it's going on then we have a better chance to keep our kids safe.
single MOM July 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I am a single parent my household is NOT BROKEN, as a matter of fact I call it a healthy household. DO NOT be so quick to judge a SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLD. I was the single parent staying home and watching all the MARRIED HOUSEHOLD PARENTS going out. So please refrain from pointing your finger and look at it as a community problem.
Liam Murphy July 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Single MOM.... Was there anywhere in my post that I said ALL broken homes. Calm down, I'm only speaking from what I seen over the years. I'm sure you've seen it also!! I've already stated how MARRIED parents are out not caring also.
single MOM July 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM
My home is not broken and I find that offensive
Liam Murphy July 21, 2012 at 02:43 AM
OK then...........
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