Talk about it
Tell your children what you think about alcohol and drinking. Talk about why you drink and about why adults are allowed to drink but children aren’t. Also having a glass of wine with your meal is one thing: getting drunk is another. Make it clear that you’re open to a discussion so that you can help your child develop their own opinions.
Have the courage to be an adult
Be clear that teenagers mustn’t drink. The fact that adults do is another matter entirely – they’re old enough to take responsibility for themselves. Don’t give way because you’re worried about a potential row, or because conflict makes you uncomfortable. You’re the adult – which means your opinions are important and that you have to take responsibility by taking a decision.
Get help if you need it
Drinking habits can easily be passed on to the next generation. Children who grow up in families where alcohol is abused or is a problem are at risk, and their consumption can be influenced both by their family’s situation and genetic factors. If a member of the family is a problem drinker, help and support is available, both for the teenager and for the adult. Visit the alkoholprofilen.se and 1177.se websites and answer a few simple questions to build up a picture of the situation when it comes to your own consumption levels. It’s a test worth doing, and the results can be interesting for a wide range of reasons.