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How Alcohol Can Affect Your Relationship With Your Children

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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The more alcohol you consume the better chance there is that this will affect your relationship with your children. This may not be something you think about at first, but over time it can become a major problem.

Here are several ways that alcohol can have an impact on your relationship:

1. Your children will run away from you. Nobody wants to be around somebody who is drunk, no matter if you have crossed the line one time or continue to do so. The last thing you want is to force your children away from you, as this is something you will regret later in life.

2. Younger children may be scared. When you are under the influence of alcohol you are not yourself. While older children may understand what is going on, there is a good chance that your change in attitude will scare younger children.

3. Neglect your children. People who are addicted to alcohol often times neglect relationships, including those with their children and other family members and friends. When this happens, it will not be long before you are looking back and wondering where you took a turn for the worse.

4. Set a bad example. If your children see you drinking alcohol, they may believe that it is okay to do the same. This is particularly true if your children are old enough to realize what you are doing, and then make a decision for his or herself.

These are just a few of the many ways that alcohol can affect your relationship with your children. If you don’t want this negativity creeping into your life, be careful about how much alcohol consume. Along with this, don’t let your influence wear off on your children.

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