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Role Modeling as You Celebrate the Season
This time of year alcohol is often a regular part of the holiday celebration and traditions for some families – office parties, eggnog, and champagne toasts can help to create confusing messages for kids about healthy responsible use. During the teen years, the part of the brain responsible for making complex judgments is not as mature as the parts dedicated to emotion and motivation. So it’s only natural for emotions and impulses to win out over good judgment. At the same time, the incredible changes that take place in the brain during these years leave it very vulnerable to the effects of alcohol and drugs—meaning that the decisions your teen makes now could impact them for life.
We know that parental alcohol use and parents' attitudes toward drinking are one of the strongest influences on decisions children will make and the perceptions they have regarding alcohol. Adolescents are less likely to drink if they live in homes where parents have specific rules against drinking underage and also drink responsibly themselves.
For parents and caregivers, the holiday season offers an excellent opportunity to model the appropriate role of alcohol at celebrations. Children often pay greater attention to what their parents do than what they say. Here are a few tips and things to consider:
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