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Teenage Alcoholism: 3 Tips To Delay Your Teen’s First Drink

Posted Oct 31 2010 2:29pm

The earlier your teen takes his first drink, the higher the incidence of serious alcohol problems later in life. For example, if your teenager starts drinking as early as 15 years old, he is 5 times more likely to have alcohol-related problems later in life. Therefore, it is important for parents to do everything we can to delay that first drink. Delaying the first drink, lowers the incidence of teenage alcoholism and teenage substance abuse.

How can we do that?

Surveys show 28% of 12-17 years old said drug and alcohol use was the biggest problem in their life. 25% of girls have their fist drink between 10 and 14 years old. Middle school is a time of  surging hormones, testing boundaries, dealing with social pressure, increased school pressure, bullying, and fierce concerns about fitting in.

Here are 3 powerful tips to decrease the risk of teenage alcoholism by teaching your child to JUST SAY NO to drugs and alcohol

1. Educate this age group about the effects of alcohol on their growing bodies and brain. Discussing scientific facts can be the most powerful technique to delay drinking and discourage teenage alcoholism and teenage substance abuse.

(Explain that alcohol causes liver disease, problems with high blood pressure, problems with the pancreas, problems with too much stomach acid, increased risk of cancers (especially in women), damages and kills brain cells (especially in teens and preteens), and causes memory and learning problems,  increased risky behavior/poor judgment, and impairment of performance in sports and school. Educate yourself first and then share the information with your kids.)

2. Model minimal or no drinking. The less you drink alcohol, the less your kids will most likely drink. Your children often pattern themselves after the patterns they pick up from you. Model no drinking and driving. Don’t serve your kids ANY alcohol. Underage drinking can have life-long consequences and underage drinking and driving can kill.

3. Keep the discussion open with your kids about drugs and alcohol. Lecturing isn’t effective with this age group. Open communication about teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse is.

Follow these 3 tips and you will lower the risk of teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse in your child’s future.

If you want additional help with teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse,  click here to register for my free report on, “How To Avoid The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make With Their Addicted Teen Or Young Adult Child”. It may save your family’s life. It outlines the typical mistakes families make that actually perpetuate teenage substance abuse.

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