Everyone is familiar with the “forbidden fruit” theory, you know, when you can’t have something, you only want it more. This could be said to be true of alcohol, especially with kids. In fact, 40 percent of moms believe that forbidding the tasting of alcohol will only increase a child’s curiosity of it. This was found by a study that was conducted by RTI Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The study also showed that many parents actually allow their kids to drink at home in hopes that become more disinterested in drinking and model good drinking behavior when drinking with friends, but the study shows that this is not the case. Actually, a fifth-grader who was able to drink at home under parental supervision was twice as likely to drink in seventh grade.
But the results of this are what really needs to be monitored. In fact, those who drink before the age of 15 are six times more likely to develop drinking problems than those who begin drinking at 21 years old. Unfortunately, this is a trend all over the world.
Early Drinking May Lead To Alcohol Abuse Later In Life
A study done by Yale University has found that the younger people are when they have their first drink, the more likely they are to drink heavily as adults. 1,160 students were examined who had moved from high school to college over a four-year period. They filled out questionnaires about when they first started drinking, how often they drank heavily and any alcohol-related problems they had.
The study concluded that the earlier a teenage tried alcohol, the more likely they would struggle to control how much they drank while in college. It was also found that quickly progressing from first alcohol use to drinking to intoxication was also an important predictor of heavy drinking and the experience of alcohol related problems during senior year of college. Research also shows that people who had their first drink at age 15 are at a greater risk of alcohol problems than people who waited until they were 17.
Communication And Education Is Probably A Better Route
Because it is damaging to your child, his or her future and the risk it poses to developing an addiction, a parent should never allow underage drinking. Rather than letting your child drink and giving him or her the idea that it is ok to drink under the age of 21, try talking about alcohol instead.
Inform them of the dangers of drinking and what it can do to your body. Frequent drinking can put people in danger as they may behave irrationally and do things he or she may not normally do while not intoxicated. Not to mention, the weight gain that is attributed to drinking. That fact alone may be just enough to steer some teens away from alcohol. Statistics have shown that parents who do talk to their kids help the kids to be 40% less likely to use alcohol.
But probably the best means of prevention is to be a good role model for your child. If you don’t want your kids to drink, don’t drink around them. They are more likely to become interested in it if they see you drinking it. After all, parents are prime contenders in terms of role models, so set a good example.
For those who are struggling with an alcohol problem no matter the age, immediate help through Narconon programs and treatment needs to be gotten. The sooner an addiction is handled, the better.
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