Will Your Behavior Influence Your Child?

As a parent, your habits and behaviors will be reflected in those of your child. Because of this, it is important that you be aware of your habits, especially regarding your use of alcohol and other prescription and nonprescription drugs.

Ask yourself these questions to assess your use of chemicals-- and the reasons you use them. There are no right or wrong answers! The purpose of this questionnaire is merely to help you focus on your own alcohol or other drug-related attitudes and behaviors. Despite what you or others say, these are the attitudes and behaviors that your children will most likely copy.

Go through the following questions and answer them honestly. You may discover some surprising things about yourself.

• When you have friends over, do you immediately offer them a drink (an alcoholic beverage)?

• When you have a headache, do you immediately take a pill to get rid of the pain?

• When you are nervous or upset, is your immediate response to "take something" to get rid of the feeling?

• Have your children ever seen you drunk?

• When you seek medical help for a physical ailment, are you disappointed when the doctor doesn't give you a prescription or some other medication?

• In your home, is it considered "manly" or "macho" to be able to drink a lot? Is it "unladylike" to drink a lot?

• In your home, do people joke about getting drunk and doing crazy things ("Boy, Fred got so drunk the other night, he ... ")?

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