A common concern for parents is whether their teenagers are drinking alcohol, smoking, vaping or taking drugs, since teenagers often feel pressured to experiment with these substances.
Even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement or provoke antisocial behaviour. Smoking can turn into a lifelong addiction and lead to a multitude of health problems including cancer. There are many different types of drugs that can damage the brain and other parts of the body.
You can help your teen by talking to them about peer pressure, supporting them, encouraging healthy friendships, knowing their activities, establishing rules and consequences, discussing reasons not to join in, debunk myths about the topic and be prepared to answer questions truthfully. It’s also important to set a good example; if you drink, do so in moderation and explain to them why it’s okay for adults to drink responsibly.