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Parenting Tips: How to Fight Summer Teenage Drinking

Parenting Tips: How to Fight Summer Teenage Drinking

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Sun, barbecues, beaches, and vacation are all things that make up summer break for many teens–but there’s one missing: teenage drinking. Summer comes along with a lack of supervision for teens because parents have to continue to work and provide for the family. What does this lack of supervision often turn into? Prime time for teenage drinking.

There are songs, movies, tv shows, and more outlining the teenage drinking experiences youth get over the summer, and even more disturbingly, they’re often glamorized. PsychCentral recently published an article discussing issues with underage drinking and ways to combat it.

It’s a real, unaddressed issue

Surprisingly, parents don’t really sit down their children and speak to them about the dangers of teenage drinking and the reasons the drinking age is 21. You may think, “My child would never do that,” but you could be surprised when you find beers stashed under your daughter’s bed. Parents tend to underestimate their children’s relationship to alcohol, according to studies. In one, researchers showed that many parents thought their children’s friends would drunk drive, but that their child would never do it.

According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, around 1 in 7 teenagers binge drink, while only 1 percent of parents believe their teen does it. Teenage drinking can have huge, sometimes deadly, consequences.

Tips for dealing with summer teenage drinking

Stop Thinking, ‘It Could Never Be My Child’

According to many statistics, if it isn’t your child, it’s probably their close friend, and that’s dangerous within itself. So what can you do? Ask them in a judgement-free way. Approach the subject calmly. Express your worry about teenage drinking because of the multitude of statistics saying it’s extremely dangerous. Give them tips on how they can push back against pressure from their peers.

Are You Being a Role Model?

Teens often have a difficult time complying to rules if they think they’re hypocritical. If they see you frequently making mistakes and abusing alcohol, it could make them feel like it’s okay for them to do it. This isn’t saying cut alcohol out of your life, just be responsible with it when doing it in front of your children. Explain to them the importance of drinking responsibly.

Take Interest in What They’re Doing While You’re Gone

It’s easy to come home from work in the summer and breeze past your kid who has life super easy right now. But the issue with teenage drinking usually arises out of a lack of interest and supervision in a teen’s day–so ask them about their interests. Ask them if they’d be interested in a summer job (which would take up their time) or going to camp. There are many productive options for your teen over the summer.

If They’re Invited to a Party…

Just point blank not allowing them to go will just make your teen furious; instead, call the host parents and make sure they’re going to be there. Even if there are parents present, there’s always a chance teenage drinking will happen somehow, so it’s good to have a safety plan on how your teen can get home. Tell them that if they ended up drinking or have no way home because others are drinking, you’ll come pick them up at the drop of a hat. You won’t cause a scene or anything, but the next day the rules will definitely be reviewed.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, teenage drinking, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We strive to help our girls develop healthy habits for teens and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about how Solstice East treats issues associated with teenage drinking, please call 828-484-9946.