How Witnessing a Parent’s Alcohol Abuse Affects Children

We all know that setting a good example is crucial as a parent.  Parents who do not drink or use drugs have a higher chance of their children following in their footsteps, even if they educate their children about the adverse effects of drugs and alcohol.

Conversely, parents who heavily drink alcohol increase their children’s chances of following their footsteps and having substance abuse-related issues later in life.  Several research studies have indicated that parents’ examples and teachings are the most influential voice in a child’s life, even more, effective than forms of drug education and anti-drug programs in schools.

There are numerous things that parents can do to help influence their children away from drugs and alcohol, and there are many things parents can be aware of to see if their child is at risk.

Several risk factors for young adults and teens to abuse substances are undiagnosed learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, trauma, anxiety, depression, and feelings of social awkwardness or that they do not fit in with their peer group. In addition, the earlier a teen or child starts using drugs or alcohol, the more likely they will develop a dependency and become addicted.

In a recent study, children of heavy drinkers were more likely to drink more frequently, heavily, and alone than children whose parents did not struggle with alcohol problems.  If you are concerned about your child abusing substances, Passages can help.

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