How-Alcohol-Addiction-Affects-TeenagersDrinking heavily whilst pregnant can cause severe birth defects, with an estimated 2,700 children born every year in Canada with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The general consensus is to avoid all drugs completely during pregnancy to reduce the risk of causing the baby harm. Once the child grows, it’s important to preserve an honest and open approach to discussing the dangers of drinking to prevent them from acquiring a damaging relationship with alcohol. Here are a few tips on how to help keep your kids stay safe.

  • Be Aware. It is estimated that around 75% of students in North America will have tried alcohol before they graduate from high school. This rather shocking statistic makes it all the more crucial to be aware of what your teenagers are getting up to and how you can prevent them from attracting trouble.
  • Be Honest. Maintaining an open and candid bond nurtures trust and acceptance. If your child is curious about alcohol from a young age, don’t dismiss their questions and instead try to open up a dialogue about the harmful effects of drugs on a young person’s body. Communication throughout the early teenage years will hopefully allow your kids to feel safe in coming to you for advice.
  • Be Active. Encourage sports and hobbies that will sustain your kid’s health and happiness. Boredom is one of the most common reasons for underage drinking, so make sure your child has plenty of fulfilling activities to keep them busy.
  • Be Safe. Make sure your teenagers are mindful of the dos and don’ts of drinking as they head off to college. Remind them never to leave drinks unattended, never to drive under the influence or accept a lift from someone who is, and never to leave a party alone. It’s also a good idea to highlight the dangers of intoxication, such as the risk of unprotected sex or assault, and urge them to eat before going out and to alternate between alcohol and soft drinks.