Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What Dad's Need to Know
Alcohol dependence or abuse among fathers living with adolescents (youths aged 12 to 17) may increase the risk of alcohol or illicit substance use among their children, according to a new national study. The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the rate of past year alcohol use was dramatically higher among adolescents living with a father with an alcohol use disorder than those living with a father who had not used alcohol in the past year (38.8 percent versus 21.1 percent). Regardless of the number of studies, it is widely accepted father's play a vital role int their children's lives. Once thought to be mainly a female thing, men as fathers are dramatically important to the overall health and well being of children. Girls especially benefit from an active father. This latest study cements this fact. Fathers play an active role in how their children relate to others, handle authority and problem solve. Fathers teach sons responsibility and what it means to act like a man. Fathers are taking control of their children back from the gangs and street thugs that have served to destroy the fabric of the country one child at a time.