September 2012 Archives

Teenage Drinking (Video)

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http://youtu.be/0w54SMZzjmQ

That link will take you to a video which not only makes you cry, but makes you think. This video reminded me of how much of a reckless teenage I was. Not on the drinking aspect because as a teen I never drank, but as in doing what I wanted to when I wanted to. It represents a teens life, and how we KNOW nothing bad will ever happen to us until something bad does happen to us. This video did not actually teach me anything, but it reminded me of how much of a reckless teen I was. They are living basically the same life as I did so I can relate. I know not how stupid I was, and I would help any teen by opening their mind on what they are going through.

Family Dinner's Reduces Teenage Drinking

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865563084/Family-dinner-reduces-underage-drinking-advocates-say.html?pg=2

This article focuses on a key subject that can reduce the chance of your child consuming alcohol, and that subject is family dinners. If a family has dinner together five to seven times a week it reduces the chance they will drink by 33%! This article talks about how bonding with your child and interacting with them is a key part to a family dinner. These little things make a difference! I can understand how this can be difficult, but if it is for your child then my view is seeing it as being worth it 100%! Our children are our future.

This article was great! I highly believe that these family dinner can make a difference. While I was growing up my family had dinner together every day, and as a teen I never drank. I can say I am a prime example proving this article. I would not say that family dinners are the "main" reason for me not drinking, but now that I look at it, it could quite possible be a small reason. So have family dinners!!

To finish this off a question I would ask is; on an economic scale, how well off are the families that partake in these family dinners? I would think that families with a larger than usual incomes are the ones that have family dinners.

Teenage Drinking

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http://www.rrstar.com/opinions/whatyouresaying/x887146226/Letter-Campaign-aims-to-reduce-underage-drinking

Parents will most likely never believe that their child has ever drank alcohol, but they would be surprised. Alcohol that is given to teens usually comes strait from adults. With this bad news comes great news. Believe it or not, teenage drinking has been and is on a decline. Though this process is long term it is still happening. Teens say that it is becoming much easier to obtain the alcohol, but still the use of alcohol is declining. Advise that this article gives is to just keep an eye on your teen(s). They may seem to not listen to the words you are saying, but parents are a huge influence whether or not their teen(s) drink.

My thoughts on this article are positive. It gives a summary on what is going on with a teenagers decision to consume alcohol or not. The article is short, but describes one crucial topic, which is, teenage drinking is on a decline. Realistically teenage drinking will always be a topic brought up, but the news on its decline shows that parents talking to their children about it works.

My issue with this article is, it does not promote ideas on how to talk to your teen. It says teenage drinking is on a decline, but not why or how it happened.

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