Adolescence is a stage in a person’s life between childhood and adulthood. It is when a young person must move from dependency to independence, autonomy, and maturity. The young person – while still being part of a family unit – moves to become part of a peer group and eventually to standing alone as an adult.
This booklet addresses the issue of alcohol misuse. It encourages parents to use both the strength of their relationship with their teen and boundaries to help delay drinking for as long as possible. This 4th edition has a new important aspect added. It deals with why teenagers drink and how these reasons can help drive parent’s response to the issue (see page 8 to 20) based on interviewing 150 students. It will also be used by the HSE on www.askaboutalcohol.ie