Because alcohol is legal, it is safe and not a drug: False
Even though alcohol is legal as of age 18, it still is a powerful drug that can lead teens to act in ways they normally wouldn’t. It could put your teen at risk of accidents, violence, and aggression. Too much alcohol can also lead to alcohol poisoning that can lead to comas or even death.
Alcohol use is a social norm: False
Not all young people drink. Even though consumption is usually acceptable, it should be kept under control.
Mixing energy drinks with alcohol is safer: False
Alcohol and energy drink mixes are unsafe as it could cause heart problems and increase dehydration. It also allows for prolonged drinking, thus increasing risks for road accidents.
Alcohol makes you happier and allows you to forget your troubles and self-consciousness: False
Even though alcohol can give the impression of euphoria and confidence, it doesn’t actually change anything about life circumstances. If anything, the situation can worsen as the effect wears off.
It is easy to control consumption even when drinking: False
Alcohol impairs judgment and increase risk of falling victim to unprotected sex, date rape, assault, and many other dangers.
What to avoid:
- Disregarding the issue Over-dramatizing your teen’s drunken episode
- Allowing your child to drink at home
- Drinking with them
- Letting them go out without knowing where or with whom and without a set curfew
What to do:
- Set the age limit for consumption
- Offer to pick them up for parties or give them money for a cab
- Set curfews
- Discuss risks involved with alcohol
- Know the names of your teen’s friends and their parents
- Make your home an inviting place for your teen and friends to spend time