Why Do Kids Drink?

Kara Powell | Jul 6, 2011

I’m a fan of Green Bay. I got to go to the home opener of the Packers in September with my son, a friend, and her son, and we had a blast. I’ve told my friend who got me tickets that the researcher in me can’t help but notice that the year I went to the home opener, the Pack won the Super Bowl. Correlation? Causation? Either way, I’m open to free tickets to any NFL team home openers…

I paid extra attention to this article about underage drinking since it featured Green Bay. Here’s the sentence that stood out to me the most: “Many students said young people drink because of stress, boredom and peer pressure.”

In my era, it was mostly peer pressure. But now stress and boredom are major causes of underage drinking.

As parents and leaders, we have the chance to talk with kids about how to handle their stress, and to come up with ideas of what to do when they are just plain bored. This is important information - information that can and should make a difference in how we talk about alcohol with the kids we care about.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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