Alcoholism is generally defined compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic barrages, usually to the detriment of the drinker’s health, personal relationships, and social standing. Alcoholism is a primary, chronic, progressive and fatal disease. There are 200,000 alcohol consumers in Karachi alone, according to an estimate by Wakeel Murad, who heads Willing Ways’ Karachi chapter says “at least 10 per cent are alcoholics.” it is bit difficult to estimate the actual no of alcoholics in Pakistan but it’s not difficult to imagine it must be a big number.
Alcoholism runs in families, not only because it’s a genetic disease but also due to parenting style that a family follows family. Over the years we have seen some common paradigms among alcoholics’ families. The way parents interact with their children has a direct effect on their development – their level of confidence and self-esteem, their sense of security, their emotional well-being, the way they relate to others, how they deal with authority. Researches declare environmental factors that have been identified as placing children “at risk”. Parenting is probably the most important public health issue facing our society.
It is the single largest variable implicated in childhood illnesses and accidents, teenage pregnancy and substance misuse, truancy, school disruption, and underachievement, child abuse, juvenile crime and mental illness. These are serious in themselves but are even more important as precursors of problems in adulthood and the next generations.
A research was conducted in this regard at Brown University. The research says that Parents who closely monitor their teens’ behavior and friends can help counteract their children’s genetic predisposition to an alcohol use disorder. The study included 104 teens, who were interviewed about their alcohol use, parental monitoring and friends. They also provided a DNA sample for genetic analysis. The key finding of this study is that while genetics appear to play a role in the development of alcohol problems among teenagers, environmental factors can considerably reduce this risk.
If you are a parent, pay closer attention to your child’s whereabouts, and with whom your kids are affiliating socially, both of which can pay enormous dividends in reducing problems. If you find something is not going per discipline do ask your children keeping the respect intact. If you have been told or you doubt that your child is in alcoholism or drugs please don’t deny. If it’s something that you cannot handle, wiling ways is a call away. We have solutions for healthy and prosperous life.
- Saba Imtiaz
- Roxanne Dryden-Edwards
- Masud Hoghughi