Teenage alcoholism can be prevented but when your child comes home drunk, you may want to ignore it, believing ‘every kid does gets drunk’. But it’s a parent’s responsibility to tell them at the onset, that it’s not acceptable and that you’re not pleased. Don’t over react, but tell them.
Whether your child smokes cigarettes, uses drugs or drinks, the family has influence so
talk openly about it
Addiction Topics to Discuss
Family history If alcohol or addiction is in the family don’t be shy. Tell them. They may be more at risk of developing addiction then their peers. You can also tell them
how to deal with peer pressure
Consequences Kids don’t think of the future. Explain that alcohol abuse and drugs often comes with unsafe sex, drinking and driving, accidents, arrests – Remember that teens live for today, so keep the info related to the present.
Expectations Don’t be afraid to tell them what you expect from them. Children have to know what is acceptable to you,
so tell them how you feel.
Unless it’s an isolated incident, alcohol, drugs, smoking, shoplifting should all be taken seriously. Discuss raves, curfews, concerts and be honest not only about your expectations but about consequences.