How do we educate our children around what is safe, responsible behaviour when it comes to alcohol? Our society, culture (and maybe up-bringing), have shown us behaviours which are possibly not beneficial to ourselves or our children regarding alcohol consumption. Alcohol is such an ingrained part of most of our cultures – we use it to celebrate and socialise, we need a drink to relax, to feel more social or just to get into the party…

In a conscious mind, the trick is to not pass judgment on how this substance has, through the decades, become part of most human societies. Instead, why don’t you take a look at the ways it affects and influences you individually, your family, your loved ones and your environment?

How do you use alcohol?

Common to most substances we ingest, alcohol affects individuals differently. Biological, psychological and social aspects play a role in how alcohol affects us. People like to take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to alcohol. “Oh everyone has a drink at night … over the weekend everyone indulges … whats wrong with having a couple?”
Well, nothing really, if it doesn’t have an adverse effect on you and the quality of life you choose for yourself, and your loved ones.

So, how do we know what to teach our children about alcohol?

The relationship you develop with alcohol is determined by your personal dynamics and biology and the same applies to the one your children will form. Maybe all we can do as parents is lead by example and be aware of practicing personal healthy boundaries…

to be continued…..