Campaigner Tony Wood, Author of ‘ANNA’S STORY’ speaks out!
The evidence remains both convincing and overwhelming, that good parenting in the formative years up to 8 years of age is of the greatest importance. Children don't only need great values, they need balanced and loving authoritative nurture. Yet these loving, proactive, values embracing relationships need to be informed by and secured to, significant anchor points. Our BOUNCE BACK parenting seminars give a window into some of the vital components needed to develop a sustainable resiliency in your children - resiliency that will help your child not merely 'survive' the alcohol and other drug arena, but potentially be an effective agent for positive choice in their peer setting.
Parenting is a life long committment and there are no 'silver bullets' or 'magic pills', but getting some of the basics right early on can make all the difference.
"It is never too early to talk to your kids at an age
appropriate level on the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs."
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggests the approach to preventing alcohol and drug use by some adolescents should begin in early childhood.
"The children of parents with alcohol problems are at much greater risk for underage drinking and developing a substance use disorder," says the study's author, Rina Das Eiden, PhD, senior research scientist at RIA. "It's important to understand when and under what circumstances such problems develop, so we can craft interventions to steer this high-risk population away from substance use and its attendant problems."
Eiden examined different pathways to adolescent substance use, starting in infancy, for children of parents with alcohol use disorder (AUD), and found that maternal warmth and sensitivity in early childhood played a significant role.
"When mothers can be warm and sensitive during interactions with their toddlers, even under the stresses associated with their partners' alcohol problems, there is a lower likelihood of adolescent substance use," Eiden says.
Parents with AUD demonstrated lower rates of maternal sensitivity toward their toddlers, continuing into kindergarten age, Eiden found. As the children entered middle school (6th grade), their mothers were less likely to monitor peer groups and activities, leading to higher engagement with substance-using and delinquent peers and drinking in early adolescence (8th grade).
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Good Parenting start from the womb
By consumer affairs reporter Amy Bainbridge and Alex McDonald (Updated Mar 2016, 3:53pm)
The notion that moderate drinking can help you live a longer and healthier life is being challenged by new research released today.
A team of international researchers found that a number of studies linking one or two drinks per day with a range of health benefits were based on flawed science.
Curtin University's Tanya Chikritzhs, the principal investigator for the project, said her team analysed 87 studies and found most of them used questionable methodology.
Professor Chikritzhs said the main problem was how the studies compared drinkers with non-drinkers to gauge which group was healthier.
Moderate drinkers were more often than not being compared to abstainers, she said.
Professor Chikritzhs said the problem with that approach was that the group of abstainers included former drinkers, who had given up alcohol because of poor health.
"What these studies tend to do when they're trying to identify an abstainer group is to mix up in there a whole bunch of people who haven't drunk in the last 12 months with a whole bunch of people who used to drink 10 years ago, five years ago and so on," Professor Chikritzhs told the ABC.
"So essentially they set up a situation where an abstainer group looks as if they're in worse health than the drinker group.
"What we identified is when you account for this bias built into the methodologies of these studies, you actually don't find a protective effect of alcohol at all."
Professor Chikritzhs said there were other ways to look more accurately at the health impacts of drinking.
"What we found in our study is the best comparison group is not non-drinkers at all, but occasional drinkers, so these are people who drink in such small amounts that biologically alcohol could have no effect on their body in terms of protection," she said.
"What we actually found in terms of these occasional drinkers in terms of the longevity stakes — who lives longer — it's the occasional drinker who live the longest, so they outdo the people who are drinking at moderate levels."
Alcohol and drugs are indicated in the majority of risky behaviours, injury and deaths for young people. (Risk taking by young people, Australian Social Trends, 2008, Australian Bureau of Statistics)Aussie kids face enormous pressures and must make critical choices in their teen years – especially in regards to alcohol and drug use. Are you and your child ready?
Research shows early preparation is critical! You can take action to protect your kids in the convenience of your own home.
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