Posted by: Joe Palmer | July 6, 2010

Why Parents Shouldn’t Drink

Why Parents Shouldn’t Drink

By Joe Palmer

Parents if you don’t want your children to drink, become alcoholics, get a sexually transmitted disease, because they were drunk and had sex, get in a car accident while drunk, get a DUI or DWI; then don’t drink.

Perhaps you are thinking my child won’t become an alcoholic, and none of those other horrible things will happen either. Maybe not, but if you drink they are more likely to. Both common sense and research show it. For research go to: or

The fact is children are more likely to drink if their parents do. Regardless of how much people defend alcohol and promote the moderate use of it, the fact is percentage of people who drink will become alcoholics. Many more will experience the pain of one of these other tragic event due to the influence of alcohol.

Over the 4th of July holiday 2010, WebMD ran an article talking about the influence of parents on their children. They quote not from a religious group or Bible scholar but from the federal government. SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde says in a news release. “Parents are a leading influence in their children’s decision to avoid alcohol. To help parents make the tough job of raising children a little easier, SAMHSA provides an online action plan to help parents talk with their children about expectations involving alcohol use.” From Web M.D. article

The study is based on SAMHSA’s 2008 Drug Alert Warning Network, called DAWN.

“Before age 9, children typically view drinking negatively. Between the ages of 9 and 13, they start to view alcohol more positively.1 Children become more aware of the drinking behavior of their parents and other adults. They often start asking questions about alcohol.” This is a quote from their advice on how to talk to your kids about alcohol.

The same page also says, “Children who begin drinking before age 15 are seven times more likely to abuse alcohol or to have alcohol problems as adults.4 By starting a conversation about alcohol early, you can stop them from making a decision that could potentially harm their health and future.

Here are the risks of underage drinking listed on this page:
The truth is they could have just said, DRINKING. These risks are there for adults too. So what is the solution? Don’t drink.

Use drugs.
More than 67% of young people who start drinking before the age of 15 will try an illicit drug.

Become addicted to alcohol.
More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become dependent on alcohol.

Get bad grades.
Children who use alcohol have higher rates of academic problems and poor school performance compared to nondrinkers.4

Suffer injury or even death.
In the U.S., an estimated 5,000 individuals under age 21 die each year from injuries caused by underage drinking. This includes death from car crashes, homicides, and suicide, as well as from injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings.6

Engage in risky sexual activity.
Teens who use alcohol are more likely than teens who don’t drink to be sexually active at earlier ages, to have sexual intercourse more often, and to have unprotected sex.7

Be a victim of a violent or sexual crime.
Children who drink are more likely to become victims of rape, aggravated assault, and robbery.8

Make bad decisions.
Drinking lowers inhibitions and increases the chances that children will engage in risky behavior or do something that they will regret when they are sober.9

Have health problems.
Young people who drink are more likely to have health issues such as depression and anxiety disorders. Even low levels of alcohol use can contribute to emotional, behavioral, and health problems both during adolescence and later in life.

Parents even the federal government would tell you that if you don’t want your kids to have to battle the affects of alcohol in their lives, don’t drink, and tell them not to drink.

Joe Palmer.

SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is sponsored by the government. They can’t come right out and tell people not to drink.

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