What to do when your teenagers are tempted to try alcohol, or other drugs, or pressure you to buy them alcohol for a party or when another parent illegally gives your child alcohol when they are underage.
You may not believe you have much of an influence over your teenager but your children are going to learn an awful lot about your attitudes and beliefs towards alcohol and drug use from these type of conversations. Paul Dillon
At a glance Paul Dillon suggests ...
# don't try to cover everything in one talk
# use non-threatening situations to have conversations eg in car
# start conversations based on what you have seen in the media
or in TV shows/movies Read More ....
Dr Andrew Rochford
DrinkWise - an independent, not-for-profit organisation - has developed a 5 Point Plan to provide practical advice on how to be a positive influence and delay your kid’s introduction to alcohol.
Prof Ian Hickie
Executive Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney
Professor Ian Hickie explains how from the ages of 12-21 the front part of the brain continues to develop and that alcohol can disrupt this critical phase of brain growth.
Alcohol, which is a toxic substance, kills nerve cell connections and if teens are exposed to alcohol during this pivotal time of development. His advice is that teenagers should avoid being introduced to alcohol for as long as possible. READ MORE
Dr Justin Coulson
Confronting Teenage Drinking ...
At a glance Dr Coulson suggests ...
# talk about it right away - wait until next morning
# make rash thretas you wont follow through on
# try to 'pycho-analysis' behaviour - kids hate that
# stay calm but make clear you will be talking about it
# follow through and have the difficult conversation
# reassure them you will always be there for them
Resisting pressure from your teen
Confronting teenage drinking
Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs - Paul Dillon
Written in response to the stories Paul Dillon has heard over 25 years in alcohol and other drug education, it shows parents how to talk to their children in a respectful and non-judgemental way , along with how to help their kids negotiate a minefield of misinformation and social pressure. Read Extract