How to Prevent Your Child from Drinking and Drugging: Debunking Myths About Alcohol and
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 cant 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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
the more youre 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 peoples lives.
sure to read my fact sheets. I have written them to provide parents accurate information
that they can discuss with their children.
Read Dr. Steve Frischs, 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
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
Entering the World of Your Child: How to Nurture Your Childs Spirit by Dr.
Steve Frisch, Psy.D.
7.) Read A Parents
Guide for Protecting Their Children From Alcohol and Other Drugs by Dr. Steve Frisch,
8.) Read But Im 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.
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. Frischs, Psy.D. Recovery book seriesFrom Insanity to Serenity.