Have you ever been to a party where alcohol was served to those under 21 by the parents of the hosting party? Have your kids ever been to one? My guess is yes to both.
As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes this topic comes up in virtually every class. It is outrageous how common serving booze to minors is by adults. Do they not realize the risk they are taking both for themselves as well as everyone on the road later that night? As reported in www.steamboattoday.com.
I ask all parents and adults to help teens make smart decisions this time of year.
It is not uncommon for adults will host parties where alcohol is provided because they think they can better protect teens in supervised situations. However, these beliefs and misconceptions are not supported by research.
Underage drinking is both illegal and risky.
A study by the National Institutes of Health found that heavy alcohol consumption harms brain development in teens. The region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until about age 25, and any alcohol-related damage incurred at a young age can have long-term effects.
Alcohol is a powerful, mood-altering drug that contributes to lack of judgment and poor coping skills. Teens do not need any more help with poor judgment and coping skills.
Parents, do yourself and your kids a favor. Take an 8-hour online alcohol class with your kids and help each other stay healthy and stay smart.