Leading by example makes sense

January 12, 2022 / Topical / Background

37% of the 2021 participants indicated that 'setting a good example for young people' was one of the reasons why they consciously wanted to take a break. The post-test showed that 43% also experienced this effectively. This gives children the message that drinking alcohol is a choice.

Alcohol is a socially accepted 'occupation'. A glass of wine with lunch, champagne to toast, a beer after exercise or a liqueur in the coffee: there is a suitable alcoholic drink for every moment or situation. This also gives young people the message that drinking 'is part of it'.

Make it negotiable

This prohibition period is a good opportunity to talk to your child(ren) about alcohol use. Because 'drinking' is socially accepted by the majority of the population, the theme of alcohol is often too little discussed in conversations about everyday news. Now that you have literally experienced what not drinking does to you, you can very well explain why it is important to think about your alcohol consumption.

Nothing is really nothing

In 2014, the government raised the age limit for drinking alcohol from 16 to 18. But how do you deal with this in practice as a parent(s)? Is a glass of wine on New Year's Eve really that bad? Children's champagne can't hurt, right? And supervised drinking is better than secretly, isn't it? And so there are many more situations you can think of in which you as a parent(s) ask yourself: what boundaries should I set? On the website of Jellinek, NIX18 or  Novadic Kentron, you will find a lot of tips that can help you make agreements about alcohol use. Although the rules in the Netherlands are already very clear: drinking (and smoking) under the age of 18 is not allowed. Not even once. Not even at grandpa and grandma's fiftieth wedding anniversary. Not even on vacation. Not even after winning the championship. Also not…not at all.

Tips NIX18

Research has shown that excessive parental drinking leads to the same behavior in children. It is therefore advised to avoid the use of alcohol as much as possible in the presence of children.

-It is good to really stick to the agreement. Nix is also really Nix. That is of course extra difficult on holidays, birthdays or school parties because you don't want to make things difficult or have no supervision. But if you allow it occasionally, you send a signal that smoking and drinking are part of certain occasions. This only makes it more difficult to keep the agreement you made.

- Keeping alcohol in sight of children lowers the threshold for using it. Not only because it is available, but also because it evokes positive associations. Therefore, make sure that alcohol is properly stored in the house, even after a party. With a clear end to the party you make it clear that alcohol is not a habit.

-In a conversation about NIX, you would do well to focus on the short-term risks of smoking and drinking. Long-term risks make much less of an impression on adolescents.

- Drinking alcohol involves risky behaviour, especially among young people. They react differently to adults and are more likely to be under the influence. As a result, young people are more often involved in traffic accidents and have an increased risk of unsafe sexual behaviour.

-You can never say for sure whether your child is completely adhering to the NIX agreement if you cannot see it. It is therefore good to occasionally ask whether you have managed to resist smoking and drinking. If not, try to find out together why. Have you been able to say 'no' to smoking and drinking? Then reward this by expressing your pride.

Source: www.nix18.nl





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