30 Days

Season 1 Episode 6

Binge Drinking Mom

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 20, 2005 on Planet Green
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Binge Drinking Mom
A mother concerned about her daughter’s alcohol consumption now that she is in college agrees to binge drink for 30 Days to try to get through to her. In a booze-drenched Freaky Friday scenario, the daughter will see her mother drunk, vomiting, and hung over as she makes decisions about the tough social choices she faces every day in college. The mother, on the other hand, will become more aware of the enormous social culture pressure to drink that faces kids every day of their college careers.moreless

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  • Denial ain't just a river... I hope this LUSH watched herself on TV and comes here to read about it! What a waste of an education & a waste of a chance to truly parent your child. This mom needed to put her foot down long before she picked up the bottle!moreless

    I've just recently caught up on this show, so I'm a couple of years behind the original air date for this episode.

    It wasn't the strongest episode in the season, mainly because the intentions of the parent far outweighed her actual parenting skills and that was painfully obvious as the episode unfolded. This episode DID paint a realistic picture of binge drinking kids (and it starts in highschool most of the time). What the episode failed to point out is that the girl was only 19 years old at the time it was filmed, and as far as I know, that means she was not just binge-drinking but also UNDERAGE drinking- and that's illegal. This would've been a good thing to point out to her- that she's breaking the law just to "have fun".

    I think it would've been a far more effective show if the mom had been required to follow the spoiled brat around and match her drink-for-drink. Maybe then the kid would've seen just how pathetic she is. I can't believe some of the things that came out of her mouth (and I did my own fair share of partying in college)...she sounded like an over-priveleged, under-parented, self-indulgent waste of educational resources.

    "I drink to get drunk." (hello...you are an Alcoholic!)

    "I drink heavily at least 4 days a week." (hello...Alcoholic!)

    "I don't get sick anymore when I drink a lot" (hello...Tolerance is an indication of an addiction to a substance)

    "I don't worry about that stuff" (in response to her mother's concerns about date rape drugs, unsafe sex, etc.)

    "Don't talk to me about this stuff, you are just going to make me mad." (rude and disrespectful and btw, anger is a form of denial)

    "I'm not an alcoholic" (almost the very first sentence out of her mouth...Denial is not just a river in Egypt.)

    All this girl did was show the viewers what we are all afraid of...that today's college kids are living life in the very bottom of a liquor bottle, taking uneccessary risks, putting other people in harm's way, and wasting the gifts they've been given. And they don't seem to give a damn.

    I liked the suggestion made by another reviewer. Create a contract with your college student. Are they going to party? Talk to them about being responsible, designating a driver, learning their own limits, etc. But if they start flunking out of school... they are on their own, paying their own way through school. No more free rides if you are just going to drink it away.

    No one values their education more than those of us who had to work for it.

    And no one values their life more than those of us who have watched friends DIE because they behaved EXACTLY like the girl in this episode! I lost 5 friends between highschool and college to alcohol and drug-related incidents. Believe me when I say I'll be talking to my own children about how to be respectful and responsible.

    And I hope this girl finally realized what was so painfully obvious to anyone who watched her on TV:

    Jessica, you ARE an alcoholic.moreless
  • Not the greatest of episodes, read inside

    When I first started watching the series, this episode was the first. However, it wasn't a great episode. It was silly and unnecessary.

    The idea of a mother who was going to drink every day for 30 days sounds like a kind of revenge on the daughter than anything else.

    The actual episode was better than I described, but the whole idea is childish. You can see the mom at the end of the episode saying that if it can't affect her daughter, than she wishes it would get to her son. That was so annoying - the whole episode was to convince the daughter not to continue her wild drinking, and at the end she almost completely ignores it.

    So what was the point?!moreless
  • I hope this episode changes college.

    After watching this episode, I was confusingly upset. After knowing how drunk and unresponsible American college students are, I'm full of doubts of even entering college.

    Just as what the daughter said, she said when she was younger, she was completely against drugs and alcohal. But now that she's in college, she's convinced that she doesn't have to care and she can just go "have fun" unresposibly, not even having a single one of her logics she had when she was younger. I'm afraid that I might be convinced with all the rest of the students too.

    The Date Rape issue is just unbelievable. These girls know what exactly they're heading into, but they'd rather take the risk of getting pregnent by an utterly unknown rapist then just stop drinking instead. How foolish and stupid of them!

    I can bet that the daughter is going to die of liver disease when she gets older. Is it really worth it? Does "FUN" have to be like that? Why can't students find a safer and more mature way to have fun and enjoy life?moreless
  • Definitely a different world from mine.

    I like Morgan and his show, but the point of view was skewed pretty badly in this one. None of the drinking in the show shocked or surprised me at all. In my heavy drinking days, any social gathering I went to included drinking. But even the most sober in the crowd had like 10 drinks that night. And that's not the heavy drinkers and party monsters who'd drink upwards of 24 beer easily [Canadian beer, not that light american stuff]. And that's just on a Saturday night when people have no work the next day. Nobody was in college and that's an average get together.

    It's like the beer commercials where four guys go to the Liquor Store and pick up a six pack. I laugh every time.

    I'm not saying alcohol doesn't cause problems for people or anything. But if you're going to show drinking, this was pretty light weight. I don't know if I'm living in a place so different from Morgan, but any average person off the street here could outdrink that mom on a Tuesday afternoon with no notice. So it just wasn't the shocker it intended to be.moreless
  • Fadism gives way to making light of alcoholism.

    It's only within the past few years that the term 'binge drinking' has been established.

    This show tried to spring board on this concept.

    The mother decides to show her ignorant daughter how 'binge drinking' affected her. Well, the daughter, completely and clearly in the clutches of alcoholism and denial (as all addicts will tell you that their position of defense proves their disease).

    The mother goes out and gets loopy and ignores her young son, husband and stepson (who it's pretty clear she doesn't acknowlege his existance much to begin with). This proves nothing to the junior.

    They should've tried some real reality. Show the college binger pictures of what alcoholism can really do to people. Death, murder, rape, homelessness, disease....but no, let's send mom out for a few cocktails for a few days and show more kids how cool it is to be a drunk.

    Pathetic....with a capital IC!moreless

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