Teen Summer Party Season: Controlling Kids’ Alcohol Intake

 

While it’s highly unlikely that most parents will ever need alcohol rehab counselling in Kent for their kids, research suggests that more youngsters than ever before are drinking way, WAY too much alcohol.  It’s problematic the United Kingdom has developed the kind of culture where adolescent alcohol use and abuse has become something of a norm. It’s not that anyone genuinely believes it is a good thing, but it is also something that most fail to take adequate control of.

The thing is, attempting to manage and control the day to day lives of teenagers is borderline impossible. Particularly during the summer season, when all manner of parties and events bring teenagers together to get up to…well, whatever they can get away with!

Drinking alcohol is of course something of a priority for many youngsters, who routinely get together online to share various tips and guidelines on how to get away with it. Whether it’s disguising vodka in water bottles, adding spirits to soft drinks to completely hide their appearance or avoiding contact with adults entirely to avoid detection, teens have all manner of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to alcohol consumption.

Signs and Symptoms

So what are the kinds of warning signs parents should be on the lookout for, which could indicate that their kids are drinking far more than is good for their health?

Well, the chances of actually catching them in the act are comparatively low, but there are nonetheless certain common indicators that could indicate that they are (or at least have been) up to no good. These include overuse of perfumes and anything else that could hide the smell of alcohol, avoiding close contact with adults who may pick up on the smell, hiding away behind closed doors and generally avoiding contact, any evidence of the after effects of alcohol and so on.

The truth is, it can be difficult to know what to look out for them where to draw the line, given that all teenagers are different and therefore behave very differently. Nevertheless, it’s important to be on the lookout for anything that could constitute problematic behaviour, in order to ensure that it is brought in to check before being allowed to develop into anything more serious.

Out in the Open

As far as the vast majority of experts are concerned, the single worst thing you any parent can do is give the impression that alcohol is something of a taboo or prohibited subject. The more the issue is avoided or swept to one side, the more difficult it is to keep it under control. By contrast, the more open you are when it comes to discussing alcohol consumption and its associated effects, the more likely your kids are to both talk about it and approach the subject proactively.

The simple fact of the matter is that all teenagers will begin experimenting with a alcohol at some point, meaning there’s very little parents can do to prevent this from happening. It’s also often true to say that the more intensively parents try to control the actions of their teenage children, the more likely they are to rebel, just for the sake of it. As such, trying to convince your children never to touch alcohol or that alcohol is the devil incarnate simply isn’t going to work.  If anything, you’ll only steer them in the wrong direction.

Instead, it can be far more effective to accept the fact that they are going to drink and therefore help educate them as to the importance of doing so in moderation. By being realistic, it is significantly less likely that your teenage children will attempt to hide their alcohol consumption from you, or take things to extremes simply to prove a point. It’s not as if you should be directly encouraging your children to drink alcohol, but if you accept that it is at least a partial inevitability, you can be far more proactive with your chosen approach.

Speaking of encouragement, you cannot realistically expect your kids to take your advice on alcohol consumption seriously, if you yourself then enjoy alcohol in pretty heavy quantities. This is the kind of time in life where setting the right example really couldn’t be more important. Trying to adopt something of a “do as I say not as I do” approach will usually prove to be 100% ineffective, as far as teenagers are concerned.

If you set a bad example, you can rest assured they will probably follow it to the letter.

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