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Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in
Chicago, Illinois and Northfield, Illinois.

You can contact Dr. Frisch, Psy.D. at
(847) 498-5611.

Recover from chemical dependency and its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series.

How to Prevent Your Child from Drinking and Drugging: Debunking Myths About Alcohol and Other Drugs

Dear Dr. Steve:

I’m worried about my fourteen-year old boy and his friends. He had his friends over the house the other night. I overheard them talking about a boy who had recently been busted at school for being under the influence. That discussion led to an intense debate amongst the five of them about drinking alcohol. I can’t believe how misinformed they all were. With the emphasis on drug and alcohol awareness these days, how can it be that they are all so misinformed. It just made the point to me that I have to be more active in making sure that they get the right information. Can you help me?

It’s critical that you provide your children with accurate information about alcohol and other drugs. Exposing your children to accurate information will enable you to debunk the myths your children hold about alcohol and other drugs. Also, you can positively impact the forming and shaping of responsible attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs.

When children are exposed to inaccurate information, they create faulty or biased expectancies about what alcohol and other drugs are and how alcohol and other drugs impact people who consume alcohol and other drugs. Faulty or biased expectancies about alcohol and other drugs make your children vulnerable to making bad choices about their use of alcohol and other drugs. The reason is because faulty or biased expectancies tend to exaggerate the positive aspects of alcohol and other drug use and minimize the negative aspects of alcohol and other drug use. The following are some common faulty expectancies that adolescents have regarding alcohol.

Alcohol improves my mood, alters my mental state. Though it is true that small amounts of alcohol reduce self-focused attention, and that this effect, in turn, can reduce stress in some people, heavy drinking typically leads to unpredictable and uncontrollable emotions. If someone is very angry and drinks to relax, a more likely outcome will be increased anger.

Alcohol makes me perform better. Because alcohol can create a relaxing effect and reduce self-monitoring, false confidence can be created. But the truth is that drinking has a negative impact on judgment, coordination, and reaction time.

Alcohol feels great! The short-term pleasurable effects of alcohol often overshadow the negative long-term effects. Long-term negative effects include: 1.) Hangovers,
2.) Interference with restorative sleep, 3.) Foolish and/or dangerous behavior, 4.) Legal troubles, 5.) Potentially fatal outcomes, 6.) Impulsive sexual behavior, 7.) Long-term health problems.

Alcohol helps me socialize better. Because alcohol can reduce self-focused attention, alcohol can reduce self-consciousness in social situations. However, this effect is brief and decreases if more than a small amount of alcohol is consumed. Once more alcohol is consumed the social effects that emerge may be: 1.) Obnoxiousness, 2.) Aggressiveness, 3.) Withdrawal, and 4.) Impulsiveness.

If I drink coffee or eat something it will sober me up. Once alcohol is in your bloodstream, there is nothing you can eat or drink to hasten metabolism. Coffee only makes one a wide-awake drunk.

Remember, the more you’re children know the better choices they can make. Your responsibility to your children is to learn as much as you can about alcohol and other drugs and provide your children with that information. Help them see what the difference between fact and fiction is. Encourage your children to expand what they think about alcohol and other drugs and the impact that alcohol and other drugs has on people’s lives.

Be sure to read my fact sheets. I have written them to provide parents accurate information that they can discuss with their children.

Pathfinder’s Checklist
1.) Read Dr. Steve Frisch’s, Psy.D. series of Recovery books, From Insanity to Serenity. These books focus on chemical dependency, how to raise alcohol and other drugs free children, and Recovery for both the chemically dependent individual and their friends and family members.

2.) Read Fact Sheets about How to Raise an Alcohol and Drug-Free Child
3.) Read Fact Sheets about Information About Alcohol and Other Drugs
4.) Read the Fact Sheet, Referrals
5.) Read Fact Sheet, Warning Signs of Alcohol and Other Drugs Abuse
6.) Read Entering the World of Your Child: How to Nurture Your Child’s Spirit by Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.
7.) Read A Parent’s Guide for Protecting Their Children From Alcohol and Other Drugs by Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.
8.) Read But I’m Not The One With the Problem: How to Cope With a Loved One Who Abuses Alcohol and Other Drugs, by Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.




Recover from chemical dependency and its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series—From Insanity to Serenity.

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