Teenage Alcoholism – Guidelines for Teens

  There isn’t a teen in the UK that would really like to check themselves into one of the alcohol rehab clinics in the future. Generally, alcohol drinking habits and behavior during teen years very rarely lead to any serious issues later in adult life. However, at the same time, this shouldn’t mean it’s impossible to develop a seriously negative drinking habit as a teenager or to detrimentally affect your adult life to follow. Parents and teens alike need to be realistic when it comes to alcohol. It’s quite likely that alcohol will play some role in the vast majority of teen lives, but the simple fact is that this should not mean it needs to necessarily be a scary or taboo topic. To the contrary, the more parents learn about alcohol in general, the more likely it becomes that they will make informed and sensible decisions. So with this in mind, here are several useful guidelines and tips for being proactive and preventing alcohol troubles as a teenager:
  1. First and foremost, it might seem there are cases in which it’s basically impossible to just say no, but this is in reality extremely easy to do. The simple fact of the matter is that while you may expect a negative reaction to your reply and assume you won’t be able to fit in if you skip a drink, it is very likely this will not be the case at all. In fact, there are perhaps many others among your friends who would also be glad to skip alcohol – they just haven’t yet mustered the courage to do it.
  2. It’s also highly recommended to be as honest and open as possible with your friends, so that you don’t give them any false expectations. For instance, if you don’t like drinking at the pace your friends do, simply tell them rather than try to pretend you’re just like them. The same can also be said about their activities and any recreational drugs they might want to bring into the equation. It’s essential to be yourself, so try to be as honest and open as possible and avoid doing unwise things just for the sake of fitting in.
  3. Contrary to your expectations, the best people in the whole world you could ever speak to about alcohol are indeed your parents. Nobody in the entire world will ever have your best interest at heart quite like your parents and in terms of building trust and respect, being honest and open on a topic like alcohol use has the potential to really work wonders. You will always be able to rely on your parents to tell you what’s best and guide you – the same can’t be always said about your friends.
  4. When you’re a teen, citing being bored as an excuse for consuming alcohol will just not cut it. From part-time jobs, to music, to arts, sports and so on, there are so many things you can get involved in that don’t have to revolve around drinking alcohol. Any positive activity that you participate in will look great on your CV one day, while you’ll steer clear of trouble at the same time.
  5. If your parents and you are quite lenient in terms of house rules, the very best way of dealing with this is to follow the rules to the letter. Nobody will win if you break them and show disrespect to your parents and in turn they will become even harsher and stricter with you.
  6. It may be difficult to believe, but it’s likely many things you have ever heard about drugs and alcohol online and from your friends are 100% inaccurate and misleading. Being able to make the right decision will be only possible if you educate yourself on the topic in question. This is exactly why it can be beneficial to educate yourself about alcohol in general, in order to be aware of what precisely you deal with.
  7. Instead of just following the trend and being one of the herd, why not try to set an example for your friends and even become their role model? This sounds like you will have to go entirely against the current, but eventually the time will come when you’ll be seen as a leader who makes their own decisions.
  8. Last up, if you’re aware that you or any of your friends has a problem with alcohol, it is your responsibility to promptly speak out. By keeping such a problem a secret you protect nobody – nor are you doing yourself any favour if you think your drinking habits are maybe getting out of hand. These days, there are many avenues to explore if you need help – from your family members to professional therapists – don’t hesitate to speak out if necessary.