Is it okay to allow underage drinking in your home?

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, gives her reasons for thinking that parents should not allow teens to drink, even in the home
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Is it okay to allow underage drinking in your home?

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One of the more frequently asked questions of parent groups, particularly of high school kids is, "Is it okay to allow my child to drink in the home if I'm present? Is it okay to have a party where I allow drinking?" That is a frequent concern. My approach is no, it's not. If it's underage drinking, it's underage drinking. There's a reason that we have those rules and those guidelines. If we're to talk about the teenage brain, we know that the teenage brain is actively evolving and developing and vulnerable to destroy brain cells, alter ways of dealing through chemicals, whether that's drugs or alcohol. So we know that up to the age of 25 actually, that brain is actvely developing and they don't have the filters that allow them to understand when enough is enough, when it's time to say no, when it's time to pull back, they don't have that intrinsically built in yet. That's one of the reasons why we have that drinking age. I know that there's historical, there's political, there's legal aspects and ramifications. I'm not as concerned about that as I am with each individual kid and reasons why we don't want to allow drinking in the home.
TEEN, Substance Use, Alcohol Use

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, gives her reasons for thinking that parents should not allow teens to drink, even in the home

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Karen Khaleghi, PhD

Co-founder of Creative Care Malibu

Dr. Karen Khaleghi is a pioneer in the field of dual diagnosis, or co-occurring drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health disorders. As one of the co-founders of Creative Care in Malibu and co-author of The Anatomy of Addiction, Dr. Karen speaks to parents and organizations about the formation of addiction, the critical aspects of nature and nurture and the resulting disconnection between emotions and behavior as well as the genesis of addiction and the path to recovery, a process she calls "connecting the dots." 

There are many things that set Dr. Karen Khaleghi apart from others including her individualized treatment approaches and excellent treatment facility Creative Care which is filled with clinical staff comprised of professionals that offer the highest standard of care in the industry. Karen graduated from California Graduate Institute with her Ph.D in 1989 and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her loving husband and children. Dr. Karen Khaleghi has been featured on The Today Show, KCAL 9, Dr. Phil and many others!

 

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