In 2012, nearly three out of four high school students have consumed “more than a few sips” of alcohol by the end of high school. One in three students have consumed alcohol by the end of eighth grade, according to this website.
In today’s modern world, drinking alcohol is seen as a rite of passage by most teenagers. However, the legal drinking age is 21. Teenagers work around this problem by getting an older friend to buy them alcohol. Some teenagers might even pay upwards of $200 for a fake I.D. Still, other teenagers just ask their parents to buy them alcohol. While some parents may say, “Nope, not until you’re 21”, others don’t see the harm in buying their 19 or 20 year old some booze. Is this acceptable?
When questioned, most parents swear they would never give their children alcohol. In fact, 99% of parents recently surveyed by Columbia University’s National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse said they are not willing to serve alcohol at their teenager’s house parties.
However, that same survey found that 28% of teenagers said they were at parties where the parents were home and alcohol was being served. It’s evident that some parents will provide their teenagers with alcohol, the only issue is where does a parent draw the line?
We were curious about how some parents view these issues. So, we interviewed Joanne, who has two daughters ages 18 and 22.
Do your daughters drink regularly?
Yes they do, although, I wouldn’t allow for my younger daughter to drink anywhere but in
Do you supply your youngest daughter with alcohol?
Yes, but she’s very responsible, and I know this from experience.
When was the first time you supplied her with alcohol?
When she about 16 years old. She had previously told me that she had been drinking
How many times have you given her alcohol?
Two or three times, it’s definitely not a regular ordeal.
Have you supplied any other teenagers with alcohol?
No because I will not be held accountable, if anything were to happen.
Whether you agree with Joanne or not, she appears to be fully aware of the alcohol usage going on in her home. Although Joanne has allowed her daughter to drink in the home, it is still illegal for her daughter to drink alcohol in a public location. Alcohol can be a very dangerous drug, especially if one chooses to drink and then drive. If you or someone you know is struggling with an alcohol addiction, give us a call at Inspirations for Youth and Families (888)757-6237.