Drug abuse and alcohol consumption has always been discouraged among youth, including teens. While depression, low self-esteem and breakups in relationships are the primary reasons of teens falling to drugs, beginning alcohol consumption begins more out of peer pressure or for having fun.
Teenage means moodiness and a sense of can-do attitude. A mere challenge by friends in a party or simply the thrill of enjoying the first dose of marijuana incites the youngsters for that killer first dose. Subsequently, they fall prey to all kinds of deadly drugs. Parents who notice change in their teens such as keeping aloof and not responding to their directions should carefully watch what their kids are doing while out, where they go and how they spend their pocket money.
Drug abuse was prevalent among teens in earlier generations too. Only that the availability of drugs is easier now. In addition, parents were closer to their kids those days, and a sense of fear and respect discouraged teens of working-class families to not to succumb to peer pressure for taking drugs or alcohol.
The present day life-style has reduced meaningful interaction between parents and teens and they tend to trust their friends more than their parents and elders in the family. They are dissatisfied, feel neglected, sometimes angry and are depressed as well. Parents are busy minting money not realizing that kids need their care, time and attention lest they should go astray.
Teens consider drinks as integral part of their parties, whether at home, or outside. This is unlike the situation twenty years ago when teens would not dare to even seek permission for having drinks in their parties. However, teens today tend to justify it that they work hard, are scoring well in studies, winning contests and competitions so they want to enjoy.
Many parents are clueless because either they too are taking alcohol or they have parties at home when drinks are served. Sometimes, their social status requires their teens to join them for drinks and by the time they see the consequences, the damage is done. Parents need to take them into confidence by talking about its impacts, for example how their bodies respond to alcohol. A healthy conversation about the harmful effects of excessive alcohol and how it can become an addiction may interest kids. Kids are more likely to listen when taken into confidence, rather than when tried to control at the name of discipline.
For example, a few words such as “Son, we have a party today and some important guests are expected. We shall have drinks along with juices and shakes. But we discourage you having drinks. I would suggest you not to have it till next year when you grow up. You can enjoy shakes with your friends since alcohol is not good for your health at this age. You know I too had my first bear when I was 24.” Certainly go a long way in helping teens understand the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.