The Effect of Parents’ Drinking on Their Children

We all know that setting a good example is very crucial as a parent.  Parents who do not drink or use drugs have a higher chance that their children will follow in their footsteps, even if they just educate their children about the negative effects of liquor and drugs. However, parents that are heavy drinkers increase their children’s chances of following in their footsteps and drinking heavily.  Several research studies have indicated that parents’ examples and teachings are the absolute 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, bi-polar disorder, any sort of trauma, anxiety, depression, and feelings of social awkwardness or that they do not fit in with their peer group.  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 more often alone than the children of parents without alcohol problems.  If you are concerned about your child abusing substances, Passages can help.

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by dialing our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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