Why parents should not supervise their adolescents’ use of alcohol

PARENTS SUPERVISION AND ADOLESCENTS ALCOHOL USE 5

Whyparents should not supervise their adolescents’ use of alcohol

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Aftera reflectivereading,therationalegivenin thetwo paperspromotedme to inclineto thefactthatparentsshould not superviseadolescencealcoholuseorevengivealcoholto them. My standfindsa lotof supportfrom thearticleauthored by Mc Morris. Thereasonsforthisdirectioninclude

First,adultsupervisiongetsassociatedwith increasedalcoholintakeamong theteens. Acomparisonof theUnited a States of America andAustralia supportstheassertion.Australia has strictrulesof alcoholuseandthepoliciesencourageparentalinvolvementin shapingchildren’sdrinking habit.However,an estimatednumberof 30% to 50% of Australian teens gettheir drinking habitsfrom their parents.Thenumberis higherthan thepercentageof American teens takingalcoholthat standsat 25% (McMorris et al., 2011).

Secondly,a moretolerantfamilysystemhas provedadvantageouswhenitcomesto adolescencealcoholtakingbehavior.Teenagersare likelyto developdeviate behaviorwhenbroughtup under strictrules.Due to their inquisitiveandadventurousbehaviortheyare likelyto goagainst mostof theparentalrules.Supervisingtheir drinking habitsorgivingthem therightamountof alcoholonlydeterioratestheir behavior(McMorris et al., 2011).

Thirdly,theresearchconductedin Australia associatesmorethan 30% of adolescencedrinkersinheritedthebehaviorfrom their parents.Drinkingtogetherwith childrenin an effortto controltheir behaviorinculcatesthetendencyin their lives(McMorris et al., 2011).

Theotherreasonas to whyparentsshould not supervisetheir children’sdrinking behaviormay is thatitcultivatesthedrinking attitudein children.Itis not an assurancethatparentswill not abusealcoholin thepresenceof their children.TheAustralian policiesencourageparentsto regulatetheir children’sbehaviorthrough measureslike drinkingtogetherwith them. Teenagersare likelyto borrowthedrinking attitudefrom their parents(McMorris et al., 2011).

Lastly,adolescentsmay experiencepressureunder thepryingeyesof their parents.Forthisreason,there are chancesof them sneakingto takealcoholwithout theconsentof their parents.Supervisingthem deniesthem to developan autonomousbehaviorof self-discipline (McMorris et al., 2011).

Beforereading,I hadthehypotheticalbeliefthatparentsshould be on thefrontlineof regulatingtheir children’sbehavior.I wasof thesameopinionwith Bellis et al. (2009) that parentalengagementis effectivein forginga responsibledrinking lifein teenagers.

Secondly,evenbefore readingthearticles,I wasagainst theideaof parentsgivingtheir childrenalcoholicdrinksto ensurethattheytaketherightamount.I feltthatthere wasnoguarantee of responsibledrinking behaviorin theparents.Thechancesof childrenemulatingthisbehaviorare high.McMorris (2011) discussiondidnot rendermy belieffutile.

Isharedthesamenotionof theAustralian systemof implementingstrictdrinking policiesforadolescentswith thebeliefthatitreduceschancesof abuse.Thejuxtaposition between theAmerican andAustralian adolescentsdrinking habitsprovedm wrong.TheAmerican policiesare lessstrictthan theAustralian provisions.Theironyis thattheAustralian teenagersabusealcoholmorethan their American counterparts.

Lastly,theliteraturein thetwo articleshas changedmy staunchstandon theissue.My inclinationwashypothetical,butithas beenprovedwrongby thearticledoneby McMorris. However,I stillfeelthatparentsshould not releasetheir childrento freelance drinking. Parentalguidanceandinformedcontrolare imperativeforchildrenin thisagebracket.

References

Bellis,M. A., Phillips-Howard, P. A., Hughes, K., Hughes, S., Cook, P. A.,Morleo, M., &amp Jones, L. (2009). Teenage drinking, alcoholavailability and pricing: a cross-sectional study of risk andprotective factors for alcohol-related harms in school children. BMCPublic health,9(1),380.

McMorris,B. J., Catalano, R. F., Kim, M. J., Toumbourou, J. W., &ampHemphill, S. A. (2011). Influence of family factors and supervisedalcohol use on adolescent alcohol use and harms: similarities betweenyouth in different alcohol policy contexts. Journalof studies on alcohol and drugs,72(3),418.