Alcohol: What’s a parent to Believe?
The title of the book, Alcohol: What’s a Parent to Believe?,
poses a very important question. Unfortunately, a parent should
not believe much of this book’s contents. Part of “The
Informed Parent” series, the book actually misinforms parents
on a subject of great importance to them and their children.
Knowledgeable readers will know, but many parents will not, that:
- The popular Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program
is ineffective as is the “just say no” approach.
- Parents who drink alcohol in moderation are not bad role models
whose behavior leads to alcohol abuse by their teens.
- Alcohol isn’t cocaine or heroin, nor is it like them
in many ways; they aren’t equivalent.
- Over 80% of college sorority and fraternity members aren’t
binge drinkers, by any reasonable definition of that term.
- Moderate alcohol consumption by adults isn’t unnatural
or abnormal, nor should such drinking be hidden from teens.
- Those under the age of 21 can drink in moderation, and millions
around the world do so.
- Moderate alcohol consumption doesn’t cause fibrosis in
- The occasional light consumption of alcohol has never been
found to cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) by scientific medical
- Drinking in moderation doesn’t impair the body’s
immune defense system against disease.
- The health benefits to adults of moderate alcohol consumption
are significant, improving health and saving millions of lives
- Alcohol ads don’t cause young people to begin drinking,
according to decades of scientific research around the world by
governments, health agencies, and universities. However, effective
ads can influence brand loyalty and market share.
- And the list goes on and on.
Those aware of the risks and health and other benefits to adults
associated with moderate drinking will be surprised to find seven
(7) pages devoted to risks from drinking alcohol but only about
a dozen lines to the all the benefits.
The author is described as a popular lecturer, writer and family
therapist in Provo, Utah. The book is published by the Hazelden
Foundation, which promotes abstinence for adults.
- Biddulph, S.G. Alcohol: What’s a Parent to Believe?
(The Informed Parent series). Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2003.