When your children are younger, it’s a lot easier to protect them from some of the social influences that come along like peer pressure. As a responsible parent, it’s a good idea to talk to your children about alcohol and its consequences when they hit their teenage years.
Here’s a few quick pointers that will help to frame any conversation:
- Make sure they understand drinking alcohol has certain consequences when it’s abused. Poor grades and a deteriorating athletic performance can result if your teen starts to drink too much at an early age.
- Talk with them about the emotional consequences and how, in some circumstances, alcohol can cause depression, feelings of loneliness and even thoughts of suicide.
- Make sure they understand the severe consequences of driving an automobile while under the influence of alcohol.
It is also a good idea to discuss the warning signs of alcohol abuse. Teens need to be especially careful when alcohol becomes a central part of their social lives and they start neglecting other hobbies and functions they once enjoyed.