Abusing alcohol is now rampant among students. Let’s consider the amount of effort that parents and schools put into enlightening the upcoming generation to avoid alcohol. While parents educate their children about the danger of drinking alcohol in family discussions, teachers use modern classroom technology to get their students’ attention when talking about this serious topic.
It is against the law for underage individuals to take alcohol. Yet many of these youngsters will definitely have a taste of alcohol before they’re even ripe for college.
The findings of a survey carried out by Chilton Shelby Mental Health Center revealed that out of 187 students, 79 had had a taste of alcohol. In addition, more than 50% of students have affirmed that they have easy access to alcohol because they can get it from relatives and friends. When there is easy access to alcohol at parties or through friends, it’s easy to start consumption due to curiosity or pressure from buddies.
How to Avoid Abusing Alcohol?
One of the best ways to avoid abusing alcohol intake is to abstain from it. Schools teach their students this by showing them media content such as movies or pictures illustrating the effects of alcohol. This method can work on many youths, but in this present era, most youngsters will still indulge their curiosity for alcohol. They don’t care about the subtle warnings they have received about alcohol consumption.
Another ideal way to educate youths on alcohol consumption is to teach them about the different kinds of alcoholic beverages and emphasize the need to consume them moderately. This method recognizes that there is a high probability that youths will indulge their alcohol cravings no matter what is drummed into their heads. Hence, it stresses on students knowing the limits of alcohol their bodies can take without being overly intoxicated. This method also enlightens youngsters on the volume of alcohol contained in the various kind of beverages.
Alerting them on the Dangers of Drinking and Driving
Nearly 30 people in the US die every day die in drunk-driving crashes. Our youngsters need to be educated on extreme cases of alcohol abuse, such as driving while drunk or driving with a bottle of alcohol. Several schools educate their students about this, but the bottom line is to avoid alcohol consumption.
While this message may fall on deaf ears, a message that will receive more audience is telling youths to steer clear from the driver’s seat when they’re under the influence of alcohol. It’s best to have someone sober drive you home after a party or hang out with friends.
It can be one of your buddies who elected to stay sober or isn’t much of a drinker. You can also call an Uber or taxi. A third option is calling someone to come to pick you up.
Have a Drinking Session with your Kids
Parents with teenagers know how difficult it can be to get them in line. The best way to teach them to drink in moderation is by brewing beer at home and having periodic drinking sessions with them. Let them know the process of beer making and that they don’t have to go overboard. Don’t bring a pack of beer to the table as that may communicate that the intention is to get drunk. A bottle for each of you is perfect. Let them see the time you take between each sip. This helps them become responsible drinkers and avoid alcohol abuse.
Tips for Safe Consumption of Alcohol
- Don’t just drink because you want to or because a bottle is being offered to you.
- Don’t drink as part of a game or contest.
- Don’t consume alcohol as a way of escaping your worries and problems.
- Always eat before and during your drinking sessions. Never consume alcohol on an empty stomach.
- Drink tentatively; don’t rush your drink(s). Start with one bottle and be conscious of your body’s reactions to what you’re consuming. Drink slowly as well. The best timing is one bottle per hour.
- Always remember that people have different capacities for alcohol intake. Know your limits when drinking. For some, it can be as little as one bottle or even half a bottle.
- If your alcoholic beverage is a beer, it should be 12 ounces. If it’s wine, 5 ounces will do. If it’s liquor/rum, 1.5 ounces will do.
- Watch out for mood alterations when drinking.
- Drink very little if carbonated drinks are mixed with alcohol because they are quicker in getting to your bloodstream.