Alcohol is so commonly used in our American culture that we often become desensitized to its effects on our lives and the lives of those around us. After all, a third of the adult population does not drink at all, and another third drink less than once a week. It is not until we ourselves, or someone dear to us, gets into trouble, that we start to think about the role that alcohol may be playing.
Getting into trouble—such as a close call, an accident, an injury, or an arrest—can be a wake-up call to increase our awareness and make changes as needed. It is our life, after all, and it is up to us to guide our own health and safety choices.
Take a look at this eye-opening graph and short blog about how much people drink:
What Do Kids Think About Drinking?
That’s a good question! PBS (the Public Broadcasting System) does lots of education for kids about all kinds of health topics, including alcohol. Some of the ideas a tween or teen may have are part of the developmental process of finding their own identity as they learn to navigate in a social world.
Some thoughts from kids:
- “Drinking helps me deal with my problems.”
- “Drinking helps me have a good time.”
- “Drinking is cool.”
- “I only drink when my friends drink too.”
Here are some conversation starters for you and your tween or teen:
Binge Drinking, Alcohol Poisoning, Dangerous Consequences
This is important! It is tragic to note that alcohol poisoning is a distinct possibility when a person drinks too much or too fast. A drinker, at any age, may be hospitalized or even die when the body cannot process the amount of alcohol and the blood alcohol concentration rises too high. Symptoms can range from decreased judgment, reduced muscle coordination, and vomiting, all the way to stupor, coma and death.
Educate yourself and your loved ones to understand risks and act knowledgeably about responsible drinking:
How much is too much? Is your drinking pattern risky? Are you thinking about making a change? This site is ready to help you answer these questions, and your Employee Assistance Program is ready to help you as well, with confidentiality and compassion.
The Warren, Washington, and Saratoga County Employee Assistance Program, Inc. (EAP), is a professional, confidential resource to help employees resolve personal challenges that threaten their work and personal lives.
If you think drinking may be causing problems in your life, don’t hesitate to call Adirondack EAP at 518-793-9768 or 1-800-734-6072.