Par­ents, think be­fore you drink this hol­i­day

The Borneo Post - Nature and health - - Front Page -

ONE IN four Amer­i­can par­ents who drink over the hol­i­days don’t think about whether they’ll be able to take care of their chil­dren the day af­ter, a new sur­vey shows. “Most par­ents plan­ning to drink al­co­holic bev­er­ages on a night out ar­range for a des­ig­nated driver and child care for the event it­self,” said sur­vey co-di­rec­tor Sarah Clark. “Fewer par­ents may con­sider how their al­co­hol con­sump­tion could im­pact par­ent­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to their young chil­dren the next day.”

The sur­vey, from C.S. Mott Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Na­tional Poll on Chil­dren’s Health at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, in­cluded nearly 1,200 par­ents of chil­dren aged nine and younger through­out the US. Re­searchers found that most par­ents said they had al­co­hol dur­ing special events, either of­ten (27 per cent), some­times (36 per cent) or rarely (17 per cent). Of those par­ents, 73 per cent said they were very likely to make plans in ad­vance for some­one to watch their child dur­ing the event, and 68

per cent were very likely to plan for safe trans­porta­tion.

How­ever, only 47 per cent said they were very likely to think in ad­vance about how much they’d drink, and only 64 per cent said they were very likely to make plans for some­one to take care of their child the day af­ter a night of drink­ing. Nearly one-third of par­ents said they’re aware of an­other par­ent who may have put a child in an un­safe sit­u­a­tion due to drink­ing al­co­hol at a special event. The re­spon­dents said: the other par­ent was too drunk or hung over to su­per­vise their child (61 per cent) or to han­dle a pos­si­ble emer­gency (48 per cent), drove with a child while im­paired (37 per cent), got vi­o­lent or out of con­trol in front of the child (28 per cent), or in­jured the child (seven per cent).

Eight per cent of par­ents ad­mit­ted to a sit­u­a­tion where they’d been too drunk to prop­erly care for their chil­dren. Clark noted that the “amount of al-

co­hol con­sumed can af­fect par­ent­ing the next day. A par­ent passed out on the couch will not be ef­fec­tive in recog­nis­ing and re­act­ing to the ev­ery­day safety risks that oc­cur with chil­dren.” One sur­pris­ing find­ing was that par­ents who said they rarely drink were less likely to make ad­vance plans for child care and trans­porta­tion the night of the special event and child care the fol­low­ing day than par­ents who said they drink some­times or of­ten.

“Par­ents who plan to drink al­co­holic bev­er­ages dur­ing an out­ing should plan ahead for trans­porta­tion to en­sure they ar­rive home safely,” Clark said in a univer­sity news re­lease. “If al­co­hol use may po­ten­tially im­pact their abil­ity to take care of their chil­dren the fol­low­ing day, par­ents may also con­sider child care ar­range­ments,” she added. “Hav­ing chil­dren stay the night at a rel­a­tive’s home or ask­ing a grand­par­ent to stay overnight are op­tions to en­sure young chil­dren are in a safe and su­per­vised en­vi­ron­ment,” Clark sug­gested.

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