There has been a positive change in the sobriety of young people. Still too many people start drinking before they are of age.
What moms, dads and other adults should do to support the sobriety of young people
- Acknowledge that under age drinking is always a risk.
Even though an adult can use alcohol in a way that has no notable risks to themselves or others, this does not apply to people not of age. In addition to accidents and other acute harms drinkin that has started when under age can lead to different mental, emotional and learning disorders. Starting to drink while underage also adds to the risk of alcohol addiction.
- Set clear boundaries and stand by them
- Observe their money use
- Accept different feelings
Different feelings are a part of growth and life. Learn to listen and show your own feelings to your child as well.
- Be a good role model
Be a good role model for your child about alcohol use. Nobody wants to see their own parents drunk. It’s great if you can show your child that alcohol is not an automatic inclusion in any situation. You can enjoy everything just as well while sober.
- Help your child develop self confidence
Help them by appreciating, respecting and encouraging them.
- Support them with hobbies.
Make sure that the hobby is intoxicant free in its activities.
- Encouraging pays off!
A promise to help with for example acquiring a driver’s license is a great incentive for sobriety. It is also a good reason to tell your friends why alcohol is not your thing.