The issue of child alcohol abuse is not an easy one for parents. They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can take a pro-active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and helping their kids do the same.
It can be difficult for parents to talk to their kids about serious issues, such as sex, drug use and drinking. But if parents make the effort to have that talk with their kids — or ongoing conversations — if can be very rewarding.
NCADD on Child Alcohol Abuse
According to the NCADD, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50 percent less likely to use these substances than those who don’t have such conversations.
“Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people,” Andrew Pucher, president and chief executive officer of NCADD, said in a news release to kick off April’s activities, “and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.”
The NCADD is pushing the message hard right off the bat. During the opening weekend of April (April 1-3, 2016), the organization has extended an invitation to all Americans — regardless of age — to go alcohol-free for the entire 72-hour period.
To learn more about activities during April, or alcohol abuse and its early symptoms, search online for your local chapter of NCADD.