Lifelong relationships

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A lifelong relationship with alcohol…..

 

 

 

That’s what researchers are touting as the consequence of regular teenage drinking.

Essentially, the scoop is that once you begin to drink heavily as a young person, you maintain your (binge) drinking habits as a twenty-something, and this leads to long term consequences.

Short-term consequences of alcohol we all remember from our (binge-drinking) youth:

  • Falls and spills, reckless behaviour
  • Aggression, crime, fistfights
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Unwanted sexual advances, regretful sex, pregnancy

But it’s those long term consequences from our ‘ongoing relationship’ that many of us don’t think about:

Maybe you have a binge-drinking teenage kid.  Or maybe you were that kid.  What’s your relationship with alcohol?  Is it healthy, or could the two of you be looking for a way to redefine yourselves?

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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