What can influence a teen to drink?

What can influence a teen to drink?

How do genetics influence teen drinking?

How do genetics influence teen drinking?

What are the effects of teen drinking?

What are the effects of teen drinking?

How does approval or censure influence teen drinking?

How does approval or censure influence teen drinking?

How does a social environment or cultural environment influence teen drinking?

How does a social environment or cultural environment influence teen drinking?

What are the signs that a teen is behaving in a positive and healthy way?

What are the signs that a teen is behaving in a positive and healthy way?

What are the important protective factors for teens?

What are the important protective factors for teens?

What are some protective factors you can put in place for teen drinking?

What are some protective factors you can put in place for teen drinking?

Is it okay for a parent to drink in a socially responsible way in front of their children?

Is it okay for a parent to drink in a socially responsible way in front of their children?

What can I do to keep my child from drinking?

What can I do to keep my child from drinking?

What is a protective factor with alcohol abuse?

What is a protective factor with alcohol abuse?

How does teen drinking affect the family specifically?

How does teen drinking affect the family specifically?

What are some psychological and emotional signs that a teen is drinking?

What are some psychological and emotional signs that a teen is drinking?

What are the ways that a teen's personal behavior indicates alcohol abuse?

What are the ways that a teen's personal behavior indicates alcohol abuse?

What are the signs at school that a teen is drinking?

What are the signs at school that a teen is drinking?

What are the signs at home that a teen is drinking?

What are the signs at home that a teen is drinking?

What do parents need to look for when considering teen alcohol abuse?

What do parents need to look for when considering teen alcohol abuse?

How does a social environment or cultural environment influence teen drinking?

How does a social environment or cultural environment influence teen drinking?

How does approval or censure influence teen drinking?

How does approval or censure influence teen drinking?

What are the effects of teen drinking?

What are the effects of teen drinking?

How do genetics influence teen drinking?

How do genetics influence teen drinking?

What can influence a teen to drink?

What can influence a teen to drink?

How does drinking affect a teenager?

How does drinking affect a teenager?

If a teen does not drink in highschool are they more likely to go crazy in college?

If a teen does not drink in highschool are they more likely to go crazy in college?

Why are teens susceptible to these kinds of risks?

Why are teens susceptible to these kinds of risks?

Are there significant risks to teen drinking and drug use and what are they?

Are there significant risks to teen drinking and drug use and what are they?

Isn't teen drinking normal?

Isn't teen drinking normal?

Why is it important to consider teen drinking a problem?

Why is it important to consider teen drinking a problem?

The Risks of Teen Drinking and Drug Use

The Risks of Teen Drinking and Drug Use

What if a person lapses after he or she has quit drinking?

What if a person lapses after he or she has quit drinking?

How can a person quit drinking during a holiday like Christmas or New Year's?

How can a person quit drinking during a holiday like Christmas or New Year's?

What kinds of interests and activities can help a person who is quitting drinking?

What kinds of interests and activities can help a person who is quitting drinking?

Why does a person need to develop their former and some new interests?

Why does a person need to develop their former and some new interests?

Does a person need to say that he or she is an alcoholic to attend AA or other support groups?

Does a person need to say that he or she is an alcoholic to attend AA or other support groups?

How can AA and Rational Recovery help?

How can AA and Rational Recovery help?

What kinds of counseling are available?

What kinds of counseling are available?

How can counseling help a person quit drinking?

How can counseling help a person quit drinking?

How can family support make a difference?

How can family support make a difference?

What kinds of help can make a difference to a person quitting drinking?

What kinds of help can make a difference to a person quitting drinking?

Why does a person need help to quit drinking?

Why does a person need help to quit drinking?

How to Quit Drinking

How to Quit Drinking

What does it mean that a person's spirituality has been affected by drinking?

What does it mean that a person's spirituality has been affected by drinking?

What are indications that drinking is affecting a person neurochemically?

What are indications that drinking is affecting a person neurochemically?

What are indications that drinking is affected a person's work?

What are indications that drinking is affected a person's work?

How can drinking affect a person's relationships?

How can drinking affect a person's relationships?

How does someone incur legal problems as a result of drinking?

How does someone incur legal problems as a result of drinking?

How can a person's finances be affected by drinking?

How can a person's finances be affected by drinking?

In what ways can drinking affect a person's health?

In what ways can drinking affect a person's health?

What kinds of problems can drinking cause?

What kinds of problems can drinking cause?

Why would a person consider quitting drinking?

Why would a person consider quitting drinking?

How does having a drink or two drinks help a person's heart?

How does having a drink or two drinks help a person's heart?

Why do people drink to get drunk?

Why do people drink to get drunk?

How does a person know if he or she is drinking to self-medicate?

How does a person know if he or she is drinking to self-medicate?

What does it mean to self-medicate by drinking?

What does it mean to self-medicate by drinking?

What are some family rituals that involve drinking?

What are some family rituals that involve drinking?

How does drinking contribute to a celebration?

How does drinking contribute to a celebration?

How does having a drink help a person relax?

How does having a drink help a person relax?

What are some of the reasons people drink?

What are some of the reasons people drink?

Are there rules about drinking?

Are there rules about drinking?

Does everyone drink?

Does everyone drink?

Is drinking a normal activity?

Is drinking a normal activity?

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Judith Welles Cousins

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, private practitioner

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Judith has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse since 1988,  She received her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonweatlh University in 1991 and was licensed as a clinical social worker in 1994.  In her private practice, Judith sees adults, families, children and adolescents, and couples. She addresses such issues as substance abuse, depession, anxiety, family discord, couple conflict, poor school performance, and  life transitions. Judith believes that within each individual, family, and couple are the resources to change, heal, and thrive.  Through the process of psychotherapy, she assists clients to identify and use these resources to gain personal and relational well-being.      

How does a social environment or cultural environment influence teen drinking?

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Host: How does a social environment or cultural environment influence teen drinking?

Judith Welles Cousins: Social environment, cultural environment, family environment affects teen's drinking and drug use in this respect that we all live in the culture of our families, we all live in a culture of our peer group, we all live in the larger culture and so what we have to look at when we think about that is what is number one? What is being modeled in the culture, what is being modeled in the family? So that's one way that culture and society influences teenage use is by what teenagers see being done by adults in society. The other is, another is what are the expectations of what kids will do, what teenagers will do in our society and in our culture, what is the expectation? The more of an expectation there is that the more positive expectation there is that teenagers will use, that it's okay use, that it's exciting to use and that kind of thing, then that also has an influence and that has a very significant influence on what teens do.

There is another aspect of that as well and it's a little bit on the opposite side. In a number of cultures, for example on the Indian culture, the American-Indian culture and let me take Paodi as an example because in some of the American-Indian cultures and some of the tribes it's - Paodi is used as a religious, what I want to say, a religious factor and they use it for religious reasons and it's very ritualized and it's very structured and it's used only for specific purposes. In those cultures, when that's the case, when alcohol or paodi in the case or other kinds of drugs are used in a very ritualized, perhaps religious setting or very special family setting like for example, holiday on teenagers or young kids maybe using, maybe having a half glass of wine or wine that's stirred a little bit with water because this is a Christmas celebration or a birthday celebration. In those instances, what's modeled is a very ritualized, a very structured, a very adult, in a sense, controlled use of the alcohol or drug and in that sense, the influences one, this is how we do this in our family. This is how we do this in society and in those cases, teenagers are less likely to use in a negative way.

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