Letting your kids drink under your roof

School psychologist & author Stephen Gray Wallace, MS Ed dispels myths that parents who let their children drink in the house are less likely to be drinking outside of the house. Watch this video for more on this controversial topic.
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Many parents believe that allowing their children to drink at home will make it less likely that they’ll be off drinking with their friends. In fact, in my research shows the exact opposite. The kids who are allowed to drink at home, even on just special occasions, are overwhelmingly more likely to be off drinking with their friends than are kids who are not allowed to drink at home. Parents also may think that they’re keeping their kids safe if they have what they call a car-key basket. I wrote a column called The Myth of the Car-Key Basket. Because what kids says is they’re going to put their keys in the basket, the parents go upstairs and watch TV, and they drink, they take their keys and they drive home. It’s not keeping kids safe. And by the way, automobiles are not the only way that kids are dying as a result of the alcohol use. They’re falling down the stairs, they aspirate on their own vomit, and they’re falling off of roofs. So there’s lot of ways that alcohol can be destructive in the life of a young person. Allowing young people to drink to drink at home, does them no favors. Parents also often site European countries, saying that kids that come from European countries with lower drinking ages don’t have these problems. Well that’s not true. In fact, every European country, with the exception of Turkey, with a lower drinking age than the United States has higher youth intoxication rate than does the United States.
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School psychologist & author Stephen Gray Wallace, MS Ed dispels myths that parents who let their children drink in the house are less likely to be drinking outside of the house. Watch this video for more on this controversial topic.

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Stephen Gray Wallace, MS Ed

School Psychologist & Author

Stephen Gray Wallace, director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent and family counselor. He is also the senior advisor for policy, research, and education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), an organization he served as national chairman and chief executive officer for more than fifteen years. 

Stephen serves the Cape Cod Sea Camps as a resident camp director and the director of counseling and counselor training and the American Camp Association as a feature magazine writer, media spokesperson and faculty member at its e-Institute for Professional Development, a role he also plays for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The White House, the American Camp Association, SADD, Camping Magazine, and the Susquehanna University Alumni Association have formally honored Stephen for being a tireless and passionate advocate for youth.

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