Many teenagers fall prey to alcohol addiction
due to negative peer pressure. Read on to know how to help your child deal with
peer pressure and alcohol addiction.
An adolescent is still at a
developing stage and if he starts underage drinking, there are possibilities
that his memory will get affected, his decision making and judgment faculties
will get crippled and he will lose his natural ability to learn. Until the age
of twenty-one, the body is in a continuous developmental stage. Alcoholism has
a long lasting effect on a teen’s body and the results are more or less immediate.
is one of the main reasons behind teen alcoholism. Early drinking also leads to
a rapid decline in academics due to poor learning prowess and retention.
How Does It Begin?
Like all other negative activities
related to peer pressure, alcoholism also stems from the desire to belong to
the group. For a teenager, it is
extremely important to be considered as a part of the peer group. Sometimes it
is coerced by the peer members and sometimes it is a voluntary decision of the
teen to give into drinking. This is again a form of indirect peer pressure. In
an attempt to be accepted into the peer group, the teen adopts the habit. He is
also made to feel that this is something that provides excitement and sublime
enjoyment and it is also projected as a means to bond within the group. One can
also get into the habit with a mere desire to experiment or simply experience the
How Can Teenagers Deal with Peer Pressure and Alcohol?
Here is how you can help your child
to deal with peer pressure and alcohol.
Teach Chidl to Make Intelligent Choices
Here it is important for the parents
to condition the kid. Teach the child that there are a host of choices
available before them and it is their sole discretion on what they choose. Tell
them that one is responsible for their actions and thereby it is necessary and
beneficial to their own well-being that they make intelligent choices. There is
no point in getting into a habit that can potentially damage their physical and
psychological health. They need to choose a peer group where alcoholism is not
a group activity.
He needs to be provided with some
basic facts. Tell them the possible outcomes if one happens to be an underage
drinker. It is also beneficial if you could hold a session with your doctor who
can provide the teen with some basic facts and explain it in a manner that will
be easily comprehended by the teen.
As a parent when you set the rules
and restrictions, you also need to talk about them to the kid so that he
understands their implications. Do not adopt an autocratic approach. Explain to
the kid the reasons why you are setting a rule like no alcohol till a certain
age or so. Teach the kid that values are important
they need to be followed.
Teach Them The Art Of Saying a ‘No’
Teach your teen that when they are
saying a ‘no’ they are upholding their values and there is no reason to feel
guilty about it. Many teens feel that if they do not give in to the peer
pressure, they will be perceived as weak individuals. You need to explain to
them that in reality, an individual who has the courage and conviction to stand
up for his values and does not compromise them under pressure is a confident
person. It is a mark of self-esteem
which calls for appreciation.
Teach them that there are several
ways in which they can effectively deal with peer pressure and alcohol. For
instance they can politely refuse a drink by saying “no thanks!” or ask for an
alternative drink like soda. Teach them that they need not make any excuses but
drive the point that alcohol is just not his thing and refuse it.