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Because I have seen the effects of alcoholism within my own family firsthand, I am very concerned with making sure that my own children are educated about the dangers of alcohol from an early age.

In my opinion, this is a topic just as important as looking both ways before you cross the street, or taking candy from strangers, and sadly it seems that many parents just aren’t getting the message about the seriousness of underage drinking.

Did you know that parents are the main suppliers of alcohol to 15 to 17-year-olds, with 61% of teens who had drunk at home in the last week saying their parents had provided them with the alcohol and 43% saying their family had provided them with alcohol for parties? This is a mind blowing statistic to me, and really makes me afraid for the day when my children are having sleepovers at other homes.

I also feel that rampant drinking by young people displayed on television and the internet is contributing to underage drinking and experimentation with drugs. Kids need to understand that drinking is a serious life choice, and they need to be the proper legal age before even considering making that choice for themselves.

You can learn now to start the dialog about drinking with your children by visiting this site.

So, I’m really curious. Have you started the discussion about alcohol with your kids? If you haven’t, at what age do you find this discussion appropriate?

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  1. April 26, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    I was very proactive on this issue when my kids were in Junior High and High School…I posted about how I dealt with the education part of Teens and Alcohol. Here is the link if you are interested: http://parentingintheloop.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/teenagers-and-alcohol/
    This is an extremely important issue for parents and kids….thank you for keeping it in the forefront .

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  2. April 27, 2012 @ 4:48 am
    Eileen

    Yes, we have had that conversation. And kids of course know that drinking age IS above 21. But, because it is legal and many parents partake in drinking, they see that it is part of their family life and is “OK” or no big deal. It is often as much as a family gathering or family dinner as EATING is. And I think the perception of drinking wine is not a big deal at all, just a thing you might do at day’s end to unwind. We also have dealt with alcoholism in our family and have seen this with friends. It is insidious and with a teen, alcoholism can take hold in a mere 6 months due to their intolerant and underdeveloped livers and other organs.

    It is so scary to me that teens, although many have it easier with “spoiling” by parents, have so much more academic, friend and peer (pressure) stress. I mean, think college entrance alone…you used to be able to just GO to college if you wanted. Now you can go IF you are in the top of your class, IF you volunteered enough or your admissions does a good job of SELLING you, or your GPA or college entrance tests are good enough. There are no jobs left for teens because so many out of work adults are needing the jobs, and so much in the media out there (movies, magazines, music) that glorifies alcohol and other drugs. Many kids have nothing to do or not much parental monitoring after school or even weekend nights. It is scary how many kids we know have been affected by this.

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