The Importance of Parental Guidance and Support
According to Joseph Califano, Chairman and President of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse of Columbia University, a child who is able to reach the age of twenty-one, and who, in no way indulges in smoking, abuse of alcohol or drug abuse, will never do so despite all uncertainties.
The latest statistical report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include the following information:
- Currently, 70 percent of college students involved in binge drinking activities in college campuses are 26 years or older.
- Ninety percent of the alcoholic substances consumed by American youths aged 21 and below were partaken via drinking sprees.
- The overall proportion of alcohol drinkers that binge whether in or out of college campuses are highest (51%) among youths between ages 18 to 20 years old.
Furthermore, behavioral improvements among binge drinkers were also noted, in which 77.9 percent of the 71,189 college students surveyed, have not performed poorly in academic course works as a result of alcohol use. In addition, at least 73 percent of those included in the survey have not driven under the influence of alcohol.
Accordingly, a strong resolve to stay above the consequences of college drinking sessions should be instilled even from a student's childhood stage by way of parental guidance and support.
Moral values are ingrained while guidance in negotiating social relationships and peer acceptance should be provided. Parental guidance includes nurturing a child's mind into developing greater ideas and envisioning future goals. More importantly, parents should see the child through each step whether in failure or triumph while on his or her road to maturity and independence.
It doesn’t mean though that the relationships between parents and young adults should be full of perfection. In fact, these are the years in which numerous tests, challenges, and trials surface, since it is natural for the youth to question their parents’ wisdom. However, these are the factors that make relationships stronger because the child will eventually grow-up to understand that parents are concerned with their child's well-being and future. Unfortunately, not all children grew up in this kind of home life.
Genetic and familial predispositions are also considered as factors, since the generations before the binge drinkers of today serve as role models in overcoming excessive alcohol indulgence with temperance. Parents, as the immediate link, must themselves exhibit these virtues.