As our children reach their teenage years, we like to think as parents that we’ve educated them and raised them in a way that they can handle any situation that arises. But the honest truth is that, no matter what you do as a parent, your child may be subject to experiences and temptations that they aren’t prepared for. Underage drinking has become so common that many parents don’t even think its a real issue they need to address. They simply let it slide as a phase or the way children are these days. Its important to take a good look at underage drinking and make sure your teens understand the choices they are making. You know by now that they will make their own choices, but as a parent you can educate them to your best ability. Here are some facts about underage drinking that you might not be aware of.
– Nearly 20 percent of Americans aged 12-20 report that they consume alcohol on a regular basis. That is 1 in 5.
– 48% of the teens 12-20 who consume alcohol claim they consumed it in another person’s home. 36% say they consumed it in their own home.
-Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience the following situations
1) Legal Problems, such as arrests for driving under the influence
2) Unwanted, unplanned and unprotected sexual activity
3) Disruption of growth and normal sexual development
4) Youth who start drinking before the age of 15 are 6 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependance later on in life.
These conversations can be hard to have with your teens. No one likes to be the bad guy and oftentimes these conversations lead to teens acting out or being upset with the boundaries you are setting. Much like the rest of parenting, it can be an unpopular job, especially in the teenage years. If you are struggling with your teen and you suspect they are underage drinking, don’t feel like you have to face the battle alone. Experienced counselors can talk with your teen and will have insights into their experiences. Insight Child & Family Counseling can help. Give us a call today at 972-426-9500 or visit us online at www.j9n.83e.myftpupload.com for more information about our practice and our approach.