Underage Drinking & DE First Lady, Carla Markell, Tells About Her Mom’s Addiction – May 14, 2015
Researchers found that children who sipped alcohol by 6th grade are five-times more likely to have a full drink when they are in high school. LaViza Matthews, Drug-free Community Advocate, says there could be mixed signals between the parent and child. If the parent lets you have a sip and makes the alcohol more accessible to the child, then the child thinks it’s okay for them to drink.
Pace Lawson, Substance Abuse Counselor, says that if you look at the reason behind the drinking, or the environment they live in, it could increase the child having a drinking problem.
DE First Lady, Carla Markell, tells her story about how when she was 5 years old, she realized her mother had an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol.
Carla’s mother is now 37 years sober and Carla says she is very proud of her. Carla stands behind the campaign “Drinking Hurts Thinking.” Carla says seeing the red flags early on help break the cycle and the patterns.