Talk to your Youth
Posted by EMC-CD-Prevention (+11) 8 years ago
Children whose parents talk with them often about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs are 50% less likely to use in the first place.

But really, what's the big deal with underage drinking? Plenty. According to MADD, research shows that adolescents who consume alcohol (compared to their non-drinking peers) are more likely to:
Perform poorly in school
Engage in violence
Have social problems
Be sexually active and have multiple partners
Have unprotected sex resulting in pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted disease
Become a victim of sexual assault
Become an alcoholic later in life
Take their own life through suicide or suffer injuries (including car crashes) that lead to death

Underage drinking is a huge deal. The consequences are dangerous and deadly. While today's society downplays the seriousness of this drug, parents cannot afford to take underage drinking lightly.

MADD offers parents these five steps to help children steer clear of alcohol:
1.Think of yourself as a coach: Provide information, help your child anticipate and prepare for difficult situations, discuss choices, monitor behavior and cheer your child on to make smart, safe choices.
2.Get busy communicating: Set clear family rules and consistently follow through on consequences. Have regular and ongoing conversations with your son or daughter before alcohol becomes an issue. Talk about health and safety risks as well as legal ramifications.
3.Keep track of your teen: Know where your child is and whom he/she is with at all times. Know your child's schedule and require that you be notified if plans change. Keep a close eye on your child's in-person and online activities.
4.Show respect and caring: Children need to feel your warmth. Adolescents are more likely to be responsive if they feel you are not just talking at them, but respectively listening to them. Remind them how much you love and care about them and that all these rules and limits are in place because your biggest concern is their health, safety and well-being.
5.Be a positive role model: Your child will be most receptive to your guidance if you lead by example and act responsibly.

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among youth, and every 90 minutes someone's teenage son or daughter dies as a result of underage drinking. The longer the onset of drinking is delayed, the safer your child will remain. Connect with your child today for PowerTalk 21.

For additional information on MADD's PowerTalk 21, please visit http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking.

SOURCE: PowerTalk 21r, Mother's Against Drunk Driving, 2013.




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Posted by Kacey (+3159) 8 years ago
Sad but true. I feel sorry for the people whose parents were so busy drinking that they didn't care if their childen did. The old excuse that "my kid is going to drink so at least if they drink at home I know they're ok" makes a lot of alcholics later in life. Those parents aren't going to do a thing to help their kids stay away from alcohol.

I know several people whose children have grown to be alcoholics and drug addicts, one even a meth addict because their parents just didn't get the danger of alcohol and youth.
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