Alcohol drinking is undeniably a part of everyone’s culture. Even our television and internet are bombarded with advertisements and subliminal messages that target every household, but teenagers are the vulnerable age group that answers to the invitation of alcohol. It can penetrate teenagers’ mind where the main point of using alcohol shown in commercials is for social benefits. It is a fact that teens still do not have strong intentions to choose what is truly beneficial or not. As long as it satisfies their desires, they will go with it. “You should know that while alcohol often causes a “good mood” at first, it is a central nervous system depressant. Its depressant effects can carry over into one’s mind, being a contributing factor to a person’s continuing depression,” says Mark Jacob, M.D.
Many of them who read articles about the benefit of alcohol to one’s body may reason out to their parents. Little they know that alcohol has different effects on different stages of life. Yes, a small amount of it is beneficial to adults but may interfere with healthy brain development if children and adolescents use it. According to Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD, “Alcohol decreases teens’ ability to pay attention.” Parents have the most significant role concerning saying to them whether they drink alcohol or not. A clear, consistent and understanding attitude of parents will more likely make them respectable in following their set boundaries. There are specific techniques or strategies for the parents to ensure that their children stay away from the temptation of alcohol and grow up in a safe and non-threatening environment. Here are some of the examples.
Being An Excellent Role Model
“One of the best ways to prevent your child from drinking, besides educating him, is to build a strong trusting relationship with your child,” says Meri Wallace LCSW.
According to specific research, adolescents have lower chance to be engaged in alcohol consumption if their parents have particular roles against drinking than those who do not. Also, the attitudes and values of parents are absorbed by their children in their own decision making. Children may point their parents if asked who are their significant influencers in the underage drinking of alcohol are. Parents must be careful in the kind of messages they sent to their children concerning alcohol drinking. Remember, children do observe their parents like hawks, and if there are inconsistencies about their teachings, they may do the opposite.
Fill Their Vacant Time With Fun Activities
Parents must be knowledgeable enough to plan for activities when the time of teens is not occupied. If they can’t think of something, it is not wrong to ask their children their personal preferences. The idea that kids should stay inside the house for an extended period is never an excellent choice for parents. If they are preoccupied with activities which they are interested, less likely they will think about alcohol and alcoholic peers. Parents must be aware of the different factors that increase the risk of alcohol consumption that includes:
- Breakup with their boyfriends/girlfriends
- Depression and other severe emotional problems
- Significant social transitions
- Alcoholic circle of friends
- Being late going home
Adolescents most likely will listen to their parents with regards to the teaching about alcohol drinking and smoking if consistency and authority are being observed. Underage drinking is directly linked to poor parenting. On the other hand, a healthy parent-child relationship where discipline and support are strongly instilled has higher chances that the child will abstain from these adult things. Most importantly, if the children are aware that their parents would be upset when they drink, they will most likely stay away from their alcoholic peers.