Alcohol and kids. It's a combination that frightens every parent. Your natural instinct is to protect your children from life's dangers and potential risks. But you can't always be there when your kids are faced with tough decisions—and saying no to alcohol is one of the toughest decisions kids have to make. The pressure to drink can be enormous. So how can you be sure your child will make the wise, safe and godly choice?
As difficult as it is for parents to imagine a child taking a drink, it's essential that we understand how real a problem alcohol is among young people, even young Christians. Surprisingly, statistics show that many Christian kids experiment with alcohol in much the same way as their non-Christian peers. A survey conducted by Josh McDowell Ministries found that more than 12 percent of churchgoing kids ages 11-19 admitted to being drunk at least once.
Libby, a mother of preteens who was raised in a churchgoing home, recalls drinking heavily when she was in high school and college.
"I'm not really sure why I did. All of the kids were doing it, even the church group," she remembers. "My parents never said anything; I don't think they realized I was drinking."
Libby says her parents didn't discuss alcohol with her. "I wish they had. I would at least have had a value or a moral context placed on drinking. Instead, I knew drinking at my age was against the law, but I never felt guilty about it. I look back and feel such remorse about the danger I put myself and others in by driving and drinking."1