When is it time to say ENOUGH?
Teens and Alcohol Abuse:
Young people now are being exposed to alcohol and drugs at an early age. Having as much information as possible can help you and your teenager make more healthy choices. Parents have a huge role to play here. Peer preasure is a serious issue, it is not acceptable to supply alcohol to your teenager just because “every other parent is doing it!”
You need to be aware of and to care what your children are doing and where they are doing it, especially where alcohol is concerned. This doesn’t mean to say that you force your teenage children to fear that by being honest with you will restrict their style and social acceptability. It means simply encouraging responsibility and consequence and being upfront about what these may be:
Alcohol is everywhere in a teenager’s social life, and the breweries don’t help by marketing sexy products and alco pops directly at the market place: The lack of moral and intestinal fibre of our politicians won’t help you either , the corporate lobby and promise of campaign support being more inportant to many. Clever advertising, social sponsorships all contribute to the ongoing pressures on our kids that drinking is OK and sexy too. The result all around the world is a new scourge…. Binge Drinking.
Binge drinking used to mean drinking heavily over several days. Now the term refers to the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.
Today the generally accepted definition of binge drinking is the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men — or four or more drinks in a row by women — at least once in the previous 2 weeks. Heavy binge drinking includes three or more such episodes in 2 weeks.
Why Do People Binge Drink?
As already noted, liquor stores, bars, and alcoholic beverage companies make drinking seem attractive and fun. It’s easy for a high school student to get caught up in a social scene with lots of peer pressure. Inevitably, one of the biggest areas of peer pressure is drinking.
Other reasons why people drink include:
- They’re curious — they want to know what it’s like to drink alcohol.
- They believe that it will make them feel good, not realizing it could just as easily make them sick and hung-over and even worse commence the destructive scourge of alcoholism.
- They may look at alcohol as a way to reduce stress, even though it can end up creating more stress.
- They want to feel older.
The Myths About Teen Alcohol Abuse
There has been an alarming increase in teenage alcohol abuse reported in recent years and that increase may be due in part to some of the myths surrounding the use of alcohol. Parents who are new to teenage parenting or who are concerned at the strange behaviour of their teenage kids must read the rest of this website and take caring and strong actions in guidance and leadership around the consequences of uncontrolled excessive alcoholic beverage intake.
Myth: Alcohol Abuse Won’t Happen to My Teen
There are many myths and misunderstandings concerning the increase in recent years of teen alcohol abuse, and not all of them are held by the teens, but by their parents. Don’t fall into the traps that it is normal and socially acceptable and necessary to indulge in alcohol abuse and that the consequences are just a part of growing up. Again it is a matter of strong responsible parenting and imparting the knowledge and wisdom of fact. Alcohol consumption can be healthy and good for all of us, a far cry however from alcohol abuse, the effects insidious and devastating.
The moral of this story is simple: Teenagers are faced with many pressures in the modern world, especially where alcohol is concerned. Parents need to be vigilant, guiding and helpful where council is around the subject concerned. It is not good enough to just let alcohol abuse happen as “part of growing up’. There are consequences and the younger a person’s constitution is, the less able it is to be able to cope with the insidious ill-effects of alcohol.
Alcohol can destroy the strongest will and the fittest body-make no mistake, and do it silently: Our kids need to know that and as parents we have a responsibility to teach them those lessons just as we teach them the facts of life and every other social lesson.