"How to Talk with Your Children about Alcohol"
“There is no responsible alcohol consumption in minors,” explained psychologist Gerardo Talamo, Ph.D., M.Ed., during a workshop for parents entitled, "How to Talk with Your Children about Alcohol," which was organized by ASAP on Saturday, August 25, in Coral Gables, Florida.
Dr. Talamo, who is an expert in alcohol abuse prevention, met with more than a dozen parents for four hours to explore ways of communicating with their children the importance of avoiding the consumption of alcohol at an early age.
Adelmary Salgueiro, a consultant in Human Management, Training and Learning, also participated in the workshop and explained a method that incorporates attitude, modeling, trust, and effective communication, as parents have ongoing discussions about this important topic with their children. Participants were also led through exercises using the tools of “mindfulness,” designed to help parents listen carefully to what their children are saying without judging them.
During this workshop the behavior of adolescents, the reasons why they consume alcohol, and the factors that affect lower or higher consumption were also examined. Dr. Talamo explained that the part of the brain dedicated to pleasure develops long before the part of the brain dedicated to judgment. "That's why young people are like racing cars with bicycle brakes.” Consequently, it is even more important for parents to reinforce avoiding alcohol consumption with their children.
Finally, Dr Talamo explained what parents could to to help their children avoid alcohol consumption.
First, they should support resilience as a personal resourse to strengthen positive decisions during adolescence. Second, parents must understand and model the concept of responsible consumption.
Parents who attended found this experience helpful.
Angela Saldarriaga, one of the participants and mother of two teenagers, said, “I love the compilation of information; it is worth reinforcing knowledge.”
"I found the content of the workshop excellent," said Margarita Peralta-Tuckey, mother of a young child and a teenager. "What surprised me the most was learning that they have found a correlation between alcohol and prostate and breast cancer," she said. "When I was growing up in Colombia, I learned about drugs, but not so much about alcohol."
As a result of this workshop, parents who attended will have the information necessary to talk with their children knowledgeably and confidently about this important topic.