Teenagers may begin to drink because of peer pressure, a desire for independence, stress, or ease of access to alcohol. It is natural for them to want to assert their independence, seek new challenges, and try taking risks. Therefore, underage drinking often attracts teenagers. Many children have tried alcohol by the age of 18 and its often in the form of binge drinking. Binge drinking is when the adolescent has drunk more than 4 or 5 drinks over a few hours.
Why is Underage Drinking a Bad Idea?
There are many concerns when it comes to underage drinking. Alcohol may impair their judgments leading to poor decisions to engage in risky behavior like drinking and driving, sexual activity, and aggressive/violent behaviors. Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to carry out or be the victim of physical or sexual assault, as well. Teenagers who drink alcohol put themselves at a high risk of injury or death; in the form of motor vehicle crashes, falls, burns, drowning, alcohol poisoning, etc. In addition, they may have trouble in school or with the law because of their drinking.
What Can Parents Do?
Parents can play a big role in shaping adolescents attitudes about drinking. They can help their children avoid alcohol problems by talking about the concerns and dangers of drinking. Also, it’s important for parents who do imbibe, to drink responsibly themselves and serve as a positive role model. Alcohol should not be immediately available to children in their home. Parents should also get to know their child’s friends and supervise any parties. They should encourage their children to participate in healthy and fun activities that do not involve alcohol. It’s important to know the role that a parent plays in the development of a child’s attitude about drinking.
If Your Boy’s Drinking is Out of Control
Promise Village: Home for Children has helped adolescents change their attitudes about drinking alcohol. Often, children use it to cope with the struggles in their lives. At Promise Village, they are taught to cope with their hardships in healthier ways and realize the dangers of using alcohol. The family is involved, as well, to help the teenager avoid future struggles with alcohol abuse.
Contact us today at 1-877-A-PROMISE to learn more.
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