Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission. And since Christmas is in a couple days, chances are good that you are currently in the midst of that dealing, or at least you will be very soon. This year, though, we can all do more than deal with our family. We can be our best selves and have a drunken blast with them instead. Your job is merely to encourage that good time by making sure everyone has enough to drink. While every family is obviously different, and will require different levels of coercion, there are five foolproof tactics that will put you on the correct path.
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Children have a lot of questions and fears when someone in their family drinks too much alcohol, especially a parent. When a family member has an alcohol problem, it can easily become a secret that nobody talks about. All children need some explanation and support, geared to their age, to help them understand drinking problems. But children can often understand more than you might think. This brochure will help prepare you to take the first step in discussing alcohol problems with your child or another child you care about.
The scene is all-too familiar for many American families. One family member gets blotto and ruins holiday get-togethers to such an extent that it spells humiliation for everyone concerned. Not the least of which are any children present who have to witness the intoxication of their parent or grandparent or other family member. Maybe this is the holiday season you can do something about it. Should you banish everyone from the house, lock the doors, turn off the lights, and not answer the phone? Should everyone be punished because your one family member is pretty much guaranteed, based on past performance, to go overboard and wind up falling-down drunk this holiday? The answer is that you have to do what you deem is best for your family, given your circumstances. But there are some things that you might want to consider before the holiday itself actually is upon you. Rather, it means that you might want to consider the possibility of taking the family on a trip out of town for the actual celebration of the holiday — or just to have a change of scene.
People with unhealthy alcohol use also called alcohol use disorder or AUD can't always predict how much they will drink, when they will stop, or what they will do while drinking. And it can be common for people with alcohol use disorder to deny the negative effects of drinking or that they even have a problem. Alcohol is considered a drug because it depresses the central nervous system and can disrupt mental and motor skills. It can also damage internal organs when used excessively. Unhealthy alcohol use can be harmful physically, emotionally, and economically.