Responsible Drinking – How to Communicate to Teens About It


Being a friend, teacher, grandparent or parent, you have a great influence and impact on what children decide their life is going to make, especially during their early teen and preteen years. Alcoholism is prevalent among teens, especially when you visit the teen health boards as there are various issues about it. These health boards are a way for teens to communicate with each other and how they can cope out of their addiction. Being the adult, it is your responsibility to uphold health for teens and guide them that they can overcome their problem.

The first thing that you can do with teens is by talking with them honestly and openly. Delaying the teens’ first drink will lower the risk of them becoming addicting to drinking. It is this reason enough that talking with teenagers is very important, getting involved and interested about their opinion regarding alcohol. However, this is not the only reason you should do so. There are other important reasons, too.

  • Alcohol comes with harmful effects on bodies and brains that are still developing.
  • For those aged between 15 and 20, alcohol is incriminated in over a one-third of fatalities in driving, which is a result from accidents in automobile and about two-fifths with drownings.
  • Teenagers that drink are highly like to develop problems with their behavior, such as fighting, stealing and even skipping school.
  • Underage drinking is not allowed by law.
  • Teenagers that use tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk of getting into other drugs.
  • Drinking can interfere with a person’s good judgment, which leads the young in getting into very risky behavior, which can lead them to sexual coercion or becoming vulnerable with their attitude.

Make sure that you start your conversation early. Adults do find the important of talking with their kids about alcohol, but they just don’t know when to initiate it. Adolescents are sometimes confused and nervous that they face their very first opportunities in trying out alcohol and are usually interested to hear about what you think about this subject.

You can set the stage yourself by letting them know they can talk with you about anything, without lecturing or judging.

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