Drinking Problems At 18

Dear Sara,

My eighteen-year-old son came home drunk last night. He’s graduated from high school and still lives at home. I wanted him to go to college but he’s not interested. He’s had several part-time jobs but doesn’t last long at them. His father drinks enough that I suspect he’s an alcoholic so he doesn’t care if his son drinks. He says it’s normal for kids to sew some wild oats before they settle down. I really don’t want my son to drink like that but I don’t know how to deal with it. Any suggestions?
-Nicole




Dear Nicole,

If your husband isn’t in your corner, you could be fighting a losing battle. It’s your house and you could tell your son he has to leave if he continues to come home drunk but if your husband doesn’t back you up it won’t do you any good to issue an ultimatum. Talk to your son and let him know how you feel. Ask him to try to at least control his drinking. If he’s driving drunk he could get into trouble with the law or hurt someone. Kids have a way of thinking because of their lack of experience they assume that nothing bad will happen. I hope you can get through to him.
-Sara

Comments

  1. Arlene Barton says:

    Alanon might help your son see the truth.

  2. VIMALA PADMARAJ says:

    PRAISE GOD
    YES, I AGREE WITH ARLENE BARTON WHO HAS ASKED YOUR SON TO ATTEND ALANON MEETINGS. ACTUALLY BOTH NICOLE AND SON SHOULD GO, MAYBE INDIVIDUALLY, IF THE SON DOES NOT WANT TO GO WITH HIS MUM. ALANON, AA, NA ARE WONDER WORKING SELF HELP ORGANISATION.

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