Three Ways to Help Your Teenage Kids Develop a Healthier Relationship with Alcohol


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Lauren, a 15 year old school student, goes to a party at a friend’s house where the parents have supplied alcohol. She drinks too much and vomits in the car on the way home.

While this type of story may be common, it’s not inevitable. Our new research suggests parents have more of a positive influence on their teenagers’ relationship with alcohol than they realise.

What parents say, how they behave and the messages they send to their teenagers can help delay when their teenage kids start drinking, which is critical if they are to avoid the harmful and life-long effects of alcohol on the developing brain.

Parental influences also set the path to better drinking patterns (and reduced rates of alcohol dependence) as their teenage kids grow up.

Why are we so concerned about teenage drinking?

Teenagers’ brains are still developing key pathways for memory, learning, judgement and impulse control. So, damage from alcohol misuse at this critical time in development can lead to…click here to continue reading