Alcoholism and Teenagers

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Self Help

Alcoholism and teenagers is something you would not expect to hear together. Unfortunately this is becoming a huge problem. More and more teenagers are drinking in excessive amounts. They are becoming addicted to the alcohol. Each weekend there are teens dying from injuries related to alcohol. Do you know what your teen is doing this weekend?
It is a typical weekend for your family. Your teenager is going to hang out at a friend’s house for the weekend. Do you know what they will be doing? Will there be supervision? Will there be alcohol?

The reality is teens are drinking alcohol. Some of this alcohol is being served by parents. Some children’s parents feel if they provide the alcohol their child will be safe at home. While this is illegal, it is also very dangerous. Teens are drinking excessive amounts of alcohol each weekend. This is leading them on a path to alcoholism.
If your teen is going out on the weekends find out where they are going, and what exactly they will be doing. Talk with your child about the dangers of drinking. Explain to them your thoughts and feelings about drinking. Let them know that you do not approve of them drinking. Keep an open line of communication with your teenager. Ask about what goes on when they are at a friend’s house.

Teens need to be aware of the dangers of alcoholism. They need to learn that is can happen to them. Many teens are under the impression that they are invincible. They think they can control how much they drink. They think that nothing bad can happen to them.

Teens are being killed in drunk driving accidents more and more frequently. They think they are ok to drive after they have drunk large amounts of alcohol. A teen and alcohol is a deadly combination. Do not let your teen become a statistic. Know where they are going, and what they are doing at all times.

If you suspect that your child is dealing with alcoholism get them help. Do not wait until it is too late. You could be putting your teens life at risk.

Signs of Alcoholism

January 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Self Help

Alcoholism is a serious problem. If left untreated it can cause harm to your health and your lifestyle. Many people dealing with Alcoholism do not realize they have a problem. Here are some of the signs of alcoholism. If you see these signs in yourself or a loved one get the proper help.

* Drinking alone. Many alcoholics will drink alone to avoid the conflict of others. They do not want other people to see them drinking. They do not want to hear about their drinking problem. They will go to places out of the way to drink to avoid being recognized.

* Hiding Alcohol. If you are hiding alcohol through-out the house, or in places like your car or office, you most likely have a problem with alcohol. There should not be a time when you need to hide and drink. This is a way of hiding the problem.

* Mood swings. If you are having mood swings because you have not had a drink you have a problem. If you find yourself getting nervous or jittery if you have not had a drink that day there is a need for concern.

* Not being able to control the amount you drink. If you find you cannot control the amount of alcohol you are drinking there is a problem. You need to be able to say I will drink one glass of alcohol and then I will stop. If you find you cannot do this you need to get some help.

* Blacking out. If you find you cannot remember periods of time when you are drinking you need to seek help. Losing time or forgetting what has occurred is very serious. You need to be in control at all times. If alcohol makes that a problem you need to stop drinking.

* Needing to drink to feel normal. If you need to drink to feel normal or function, your drinking is out of control. Alcohol should not be needed to function on a daily basis.

* Getting angry when someone questions your drinking. If someone asking about your drinking upsets you there is a problem. Denying there is a problem will not be of any help.

These are just a few of the signs of alcoholism. If you see these signs in yourself or a loved one seek professional help to deal with it. Admitting there is a problem is the first step to recovery.

Alcoholism can Ruin a Family

January 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Self Help

Having a few drinks now and then is usually not means for concern. However if you need a few drinks every day this could be a problem. Needing a drink too function each day can destroy your family. Alcoholism is a big problem that can ruin a family.Children that grow up in a home with alcoholism are often made to grow up very fast. They can be forced to take care of their parents. People suffering from alcoholism only care about where their next drink is coming from. They can forget that their children are kids, and put a large responsibility on them. The children are left to do the things the parent should be tending to. They become like a parent to the person dealing with alcoholism. The child makes sure dinner is cooked and the house is kept tidy. They may be the one to care for siblings.

This can put a big strain on the parent child relationship. The person that is suffering with alcoholism might become mean when they are drunk. They might be abusive towards the children, or their spouse. This can make attending a get together difficult if there is alcohol involved. The family can become secluded from other people. They are embarrassed and do not want others to know what they are going through.

Alcoholism can cause problems financially for the family. The person drinking may be spending a lot of money on alcohol. This money could be coming out of the bill money. Alcoholism can cause a person to miss work. They can stay up late drinking, and not get up in time to make it to work. After missing days of work they will be terminated. The family could then be left in a terrible financial hardship.

Alcoholism can ruin a marriage. The spouse gets tired of dealing with the person being drunk all the time. They get tired of being abused and treated badly. They get tired of worrying about money, while their spouse continues to drink day after day. Alcohol can make a person do things they normally would not do. They can become mean, or they might become very nice, and loving. Dealing with the mood changes in a person with alcoholism can become very tiring. You never know how to act with the person for fear of saying the wrong thing.
If you are struggling with Alcoholism please get help. If not you may discover you are all alone and your family has left.