It would seem that the child and alcohol – two things are incompatible. And medical statistics says that more than 70% of adolescents who systematically take alcohol learn poorly, and only about 1.5% of them show results just above the average.
Surprisingly, children often take the first sip of beer or wine with the blessing of their own parents. This problem is especially acute in rural areas. In a number of families, it has been accepted almost from the age of one year to brew a baby with beer under the pretext of some special benefit of this drink.
I come across this phenomenon during all our visits to relatives in the village. For the first time, I barely beat off the one and a half year old son from a loving uncle, who said that small children should be given beer, our eldest daughter at that age drank little by little, and nothing happened to her.
The second time, the son already at the age of three nearly took a drink of vodka from the holiday table. My husband and I were asked to help with downloading photos on the computer, and the child, along with the owners’ daughter, was spinning on the sofa. I remember that almost ringing silence alerted me suddenly when suddenly in the room.
We turn around and see that the son, under the admired glances of the guests (!), Pulls into his mouth a pile of vodka (mixed up with water). On our cries on the topic of a Christmas tree, a bunch of adults at the table, it would be possible to take a pile from the kid, or at least warn us, there was a brilliant answer: Do not worry, parents, a real man grows! Is it worth mentioning that now we refuse invitations to such companies.
It would be ridiculous to hide the fact that almost every one of us in childhood or adolescence tried beer or vodka out of interest or weakly in the company of friends. However, such single doses of alcohol in very modest doses, as a rule, cause disgust and are perceived as something out of the ordinary (what happens if mother finds out!). But if parents themselves offer alcohol, removing a kind of taboo in the child’s mind, he will soon stop being ashamed of his addiction to the intoxicating drink.
Practically in any park or public garden you can now see young mothers, swinging the stroller with one hand, and opening a can of beer with the other hand or holding a smoldering cigarette with the other. Unfortunately, public opinion is already beginning to be perceived as a variant of the norm.
In 99 cases out of 100, we can confidently say that the young lady drinking on a walk with a baby took alcohol during pregnancy. And she is unlikely to see anything criminal in that her child, following the example of her parents, will also soon be drawn to beer.
However, such behavior of parents can turn into a real disaster for their offspring. The effect of alcohol on children is enormous. Firstly, the child is threatened with poisoning, because the children’s body reacts much more sharply to the toxic substances entering the blood. And secondly, resistance to high doses of alcohol and, accordingly, dependence on it is formed in a child much faster than in an adult.
The result, as we already see, is sad enough: a decline in school performance (yeah, make you learn from a hangover, too), aggressive behavior, developmental delays, etc., etc. Will such a person become a full-fledged member of society or will he strive for a company of his own kind?
Teenagers with a bottle of beer on the street no one is surprised. Moreover, not everyone dares to make a remark to them, fearing to run into boorish. What I want is what I do. However, it seems to me that this is not only the blame for the children, but also for their parents, who have set an excellent role model.