Here's a controversial subject that brings on heated opinions among a lot of people today, do you think that parents should let their teenagers drink at home with them or at least under their watchful eye? Most parents today worry about their children binge drinking with their friends during their teenage years or when they're young adults which they should be.
Drinking with friends is a very big part of many teens social life anymore and very common among college age students under the legal age of 21. Many parents feel very strongly against letting their under aged kids drink at home with them or anywhere else and feel parents that do are being irresponsible which could lead to problem drinking later on.
Some parents believe if they let their teens drink responsibly at home under their supervision they are more likely to avoid irresponsible drinking behavior in their future. They are trying to teach their under aged kids to drink responsibly and to respect alcohol and not to abuse it.
While many other parents feel by law you have to be 21 in order to legally consume alcohol in this country and that allowing under aged kids to drink at home would be 'breaking the law'.
It's not that most parents let their under aged children drink all of the time at home. They would let their teens have a glass of wine with dinner, on special occasions or an occasional drink at home in hopes of teaching them responsibility.
Again many parents that are against letting their teens drink at home feel the younger a child is introduced to alcohol the higher their chances are of having a drinking problem in the future.
This isn't to say that parents who let their teens drink at home under their supervision are just irresponsible parents who don't care about their children. These parents do care and worry about their child's future and want them to learn responsibility in hopes of avoiding irresponsible drinking in their future.
Some parents believe that by allowing their teenager to drink at home they can teach them to respect alcohol, about the dangers of alcohol and how to be responsible when it comes to drinking. Teens drink and drive so some parents believe that by allowing their child to drink at home under their supervision they don't have to work about their child getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and possible killing themselves or another innocent person. Most teens don't really understand the dangers of drinking too much alcohol to fast therefore dying from alcohol poisoning. Parents believe by allowing their child to drink at home with them they can monitor how much their child consumes and make them more aware of the dangers of alcohol. Aydin Salek was only 17 when he died from alcohol poisoning after a party at his friends house where there was no parental supervision. The video below shows Aydin's parents telling the story of what happened to their son.
Let me give you some facts that have to do with underage drinking, this has nothing to do with young people that are allowed to drink at home under their parents supervision. These are facts about our youth in the United States today when it comes to alcohol consumption.
Underage Drinking Facts
- 11% of the alcohol consumed in the U.S. is by people aged 12 to 20 years old.
- Over 90% of the alcohol above (the 11%) is consumed by binge drinking.
- Adult drinkers consume fewer drinks per drinking occasion than under aged drinkers.
- The use of alcohol by teens takes the lives of around 6000 people every year
- Youths who start drinking before they're 15 years old are 5 times more likely to abuse alcohol or develop dependence later on in life compared to individuals who began their drinking at the age of 21 or older.
A survey that was done in 2009 showed that; (In the past 30 days prior to the survey).
- 42 percent of high school students drank alcohol
- 24 percent binge drank
- 10 percent drove after drinking
- 28 percent rode with a driver that had been drinking
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- If a kid starts drinking at a young age they are 7 times more apt to be in an alcohol related crash.
- For teens, car crashes are the leading cause of death and 1 out of 3 of the deaths are alcohol related.
- The use of alcohol by teens kills around 6 thousand people every year (more than all illegal drugs combined).
When it comes to letting your teens drink at home under parental supervisionand parents that are totally against it, I think I understand both points of view. This is definitely a subject that is controversial and both sides just want to teach their children responsibility when it comes to alcohol and keep them safe. What do you think? What is your opinion on Teenagers Drnking at Home Under Parental Supervision?