How To Tackle College Football Season While In Recovery
Jeffrey Juergens ❘
College football season can bring forth many temptations for those recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction to break their sobriety.
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A season known for barbecues, pool days, flip flops, and family vacations, summer is a popular time for activities with friends and family. But along with all the parties and picnics comes the seemingly unlimited supply of alcoholic beverages, often tempting children and teens.
Every day, more than 11,000 kids will try alcohol for the first time during the months of June and July.
Rather than stopping your kids from going to summer events altogether, use this time as an opportunity to openly discuss the dangers of alcohol abuse. Children respect what their parents have to say when it comes to serious matters such as alcohol – more so than you may realize.
Underage drinking isn’t a new problem. For decades, it’s been a persistent issue for the parents of each rising generation. Sometimes you may even hear that it’s a healthy rite of passage, or something that’s completely inevitable.
Unfortunately, many have forgotten the serious risks of alcohol abuse. It can turn a child or teenager’s bright future and life goals upside down in an instant. In fact, studies have linked underage drinking to:
Youth who start drinking before age 15 years are 6 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21 years.
If you’re worried that your child may be abusing alcohol, there are common physical and behavior changes to to look for. Some of the warning signs of alcohol abuse include:
More than 80% of children say parents are the leading influencers in their decision to drink or not.
Underage alcohol abuse prevention begins with parents talking to their children about the long-lasting consequences of addiction as well as teaching them responsible decision-making skills.
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The Office of National Drug Control Policy created the acronym SUMMER to help parents start the conversation about the risks associated with alcohol abuse.
If your child or teenager is struggling with alcohol abuse, there is help available. Contact a treatment provider today.
Jeffrey Juergens earned his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Jeffrey’s desire to help others led him to focus on economic and social development and policy making. After graduation, he decided to pursue his passion of writing and editing. Jeffrey’s mission is to educate and inform the public on addiction issues and help those in need of treatment find the best option for them.