Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sponsored video: how to talk to your teenager about alcohol

This video is very pertinent to me. I have two daughters, one is 12 and the other is 15 (or 'nearly 16' as she likes to point out).

The 15 year old, also known as the Teenager, spends a lot of time socialising. She has a huge group of friends, and someone is always having a party for one reason or another. We've discussed the effects of alcohol and I've told her about my worries that come with that - you know the sort of thing, binge drinking, being more vulnerable when drunk, etc. Many of us have been there when we were younger, but who in their right mind wants their children to be in any danger because of too much alcohol?

I want my girls to grow up with a responsible attitude towards alcohol, and talking to them about it is one way to encourage that. In fact if you watch the video, The Teenager and I have already had very similar conversations - the girl in the video even looks a little like her - and yes, they can be tricky but it's something every responsible parent has to do. Just ignoring it and hoping that they're not going to start drinking isn't the way to deal with it, you have to start that conversation.

Here's some facts and figures to digest:

·     Most children would prefer to go to their parents for drinking advice, with 65% saying they’d go to their mum and 51% to their dad[1]
·     Parents are the main suppliers of alcohol to 15 – 17 year olds, with 61% of teens who had drunk at home in the last week saying their parents had provided them with the alcohol and 43% saying their family had provided them with alcohol for parties[2]
·    One common myth is that beer or wine are safer to drink than liquor.  The amount of alcohol consumed affects the person most, not the type of alcoholic drink.  A 12 oz beer, a 5 oz glass of wine, and 1.5 oz shot of liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol.[3]
·       Mixing energy drinks and alcohol can mask the effects of alcohol, and drinkers who consume a mix of the two are 3 times more likely to binge drink.  They are also twice as likely to be sexually taken advantage of.  Binge drinking is responsible for over half of the deaths associated with excessive alcohol consumption.[4]

There's a free app from Drinkaware which you - or your teenager - can use to track your drinking.


This blog post is sponsored by Drinkaware.