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Many people who suffer from social anxiety use drinking as a coping mechanism. This may ultimately result in alcohol addiction, and possibly worsen anxiety.
A season known for barbecues, pool days, flip flops and family vacations, summer is a popular time for activities with friends and family. But with all the parties and picnics also comes the 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.
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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, “It’s something children just need to go through – get out of their system.”
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 six 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 percent 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.
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, contact us to find treatment and support.
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