Times are changing very fast, but some things will always remain the same. Youth. Adorable, young people, loaded with energy, eager for life. Can you actually notice them? They are on the bench at the park, near the store, on the street. Usually, those teenage groups are loud, joyful and charming. If you look at them better, you will be surprised how young they are. So, there’s nothing wrong to be a teenager on the street. Most of us grew up like that. But, take a better look. Do they have bottles in their hands? Too many children under 18 who consume alcohol. Starting with 14, even younger. They might look older with some trendy clothes, but they are still children. Parties, birthdays, Saturday evenings in clubs or music alone are no longer sufficient, and drinking becomes one kind of sport and entertainment.
How does alcohol work?
Drinking alcohol can initially cause a sense of relaxation, pain relief, a sense of freedom or just a better mood. After that, depending on the amount of alcohol, adverse effects, such as irritability, depression or hangover, occur. In the worst degree of drunkenness, due to the paralysis of the nerve centers, there is a disturbance of the mobility skills. Then there is language intermingling, stuttering, psychological distress, and there may be shorter or longer periods when consciousness interrupted and the man does not remember anything. However, this unwanted phenomenon can be eliminated by re-consuming alcohol, and this is precisely the essence of addiction. Thus, over time, individuals can enter into the vicious circle and become addictive, with a personal preference for addiction playing an important role. If you drink incredibly high amounts of alcohol, especially if this is done abruptly, there is an acute paralysis of vital centers in the brain and an extended brain that leads to severe poisoning, deep-state state, and death.
Why do young people drink?
Unlike adults, young people are more willing to risk but also inexperienced. It is very tempting for them to examine their own boundaries, which is part of the process of growing up. The pressure of the group plays a significant role as well. Young people are convinced that they will be better accepted by their peers if they drink with them. Of course, there are also drinking from pleasure and relaxation.
What is problematic in drinking alcohol?
Young people are mostly consumed irregularly, but because of that they have a lot of alcohol and are lightly drunk at some party. This type of consumption is called binge drinking and is particularly harmful because complete abstinence, from a medical point of view, means poisoning the body and can be deadly. As young people do not like beer or wine, primarily because of their bitter taste, they often mix high-alcoholic drinks with sweetened drinks. This mixing increases the risk of poisoning because it makes it difficult to estimate the actual strength of the drink. Besides, they respond more strongly to alcohol than adults because they have lower body weight. Because of this, the effect of alcohol is felt after the first cup and the drinking is faster. It’s often misconceived that alcohol works only after an hour. Other adverse effects include increased aggression that causes an increase in violence but also an increased risk in traffic. When alcohol is in the game of accidents in young people are frequent. Besides, organs, such as the liver or brain, have not yet developed entirely in the young, so alcohol can adversely affect their development.
What can parents do?
-Talk and listen carefully to your teenager – that’s the most significant support you can give him. Get to know the facts about alcohol and talk to your teenager about drinking in a peaceful, prosaic way. It is also vital to listen carefully- your teenager will have his own story and beliefs about alcohol. You need to hear them.
-Use everyday opportunities to start a topic, scenes from movies or TV series, as well as newspaper articles, are a good reason. Express your feelings about underage drinking very clearly. Some parents suggest that talking with another adult in a teenage society is a useful way of getting the message.
-Spend time with your teenager, for example, if he is involved in sports go to the match together and remember, be always available for the interview.
-Determine clear family rules. Be clear about what is allowed and what is not by considering rules with everyone. Determine the time that a child must arrive home and do not deviate from it. Determine the consequences (punishment) for violating the rules and hold them firmly, but do not use empty threats or impose too many harsh penalties.
-Be familiar where your teenager is going out. Always ask a question and ask for an answer. If you think it’s necessary, make sure it’s where it says it goes and who it is with. It is also essential that you know whether they will be under the supervision of adults, at what time they will come home and what. Be sure to have enough money to transport and settle the routine at home: when he comes back after a night out, look at him and talk to him.
-And of course, be a role model! If you drink alcohol, be responsible. Think about your drinking, how much and why you are drinking, and whether you need to reduce it. Think about the example you give. Remember, your child sees what you are doing, and it affects the messages you give him about alcohol.