Alcohol consumption is a part of many lives across North Texas, as well as the rest of the United States. It has become such a normal part of our culture that we sometimes forget the risks it presents to the health of our families and communities.
According to the CDC, excessive consumption of alcohol is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Up to 10 percent of adult deaths between the ages of 20 and 64 are directly related to excessive consumption, as well as 5 percent of deaths in people under the age of 21. It is vital to understand the importance of educating your family of the dangers that drinking alcohol irresponsibly can present.
So many young adults are exposed to alcohol in their teens, so why not take the time to teach your children about the dangers consumption can possess? Instead of avoiding the topic overall, be open to conversation with your family to prevent any kind of disaster that excessive consumption can ultimately lead to. Keeping an open dialogue with your children prevents acts of rebellion and discretion from their end. Keeping them aware of dangers also prevents them from deciding to make bad decisions when they shouldn’t.
Also be sure to talk to your spouse and other family members about drinking habits. Alcoholism affected over 16 million adults in 2014. It is important to talk to your family about their drinking behaviors, especially young adults at a college age who recently have turned 21. College tends to bring out many bad habits in young adults, so be sure to talk to your family about binge drinking.
Remember to drink responsibly and to let your family know the dangers alcohol consumption can possess! Drink responsibly!