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Children raised in a family where alcohol is taboo

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make bad decisions regarding alcohol. Children raised in a family where alcohol is taboo and completely forbidden are more likely to revolt when they get a chance and are more likely to make bad decisions because they do not have the support of their family. I think it is perfectly acceptable for a teenager to be able to start drinking lightly under the supervision of their family. That way they can learn their own limits early and understand the responsibility that comes along with drinking. Marijuana is more tricky, because it is still illegal in a lot of ways and places. I think that parents should be able to talk to their kids about it. In our generation, we have pretty much figured out that our parents must have tried smoking marijuana at some point because of the times they were raised in. I know for a fact that my dad used to grow marijuana in his closet when he was a teenager. I am pretty sure that, as long as the use wasn't getting in the way of schoolwork or my friendships or work, my parents wouldn't care if I smoked. That, I think is the key. Young people should be able to use whatever substances they want as long as they are responsible about it. Some substances can never be used responsibly, but some can. It is up to parents and older role models to show the younger people what responsible use looks like. Developmentally, I know that people are not done until their early twenties. Cognitively, the frontal cortex does not fully develop until that time and that part of the brain deals with logical thinking. Emotional development, as well, doesn't really solidify until late adolescence, early adulthood. In that time, people are still figuring out their morals and values. They are not sure what their ideas are on drinking and drug use. It makes sense, then, that the law is that drinking is illegal under the age of twenty one because by then we should be able to drink responsibly and make good decisions. I don't think it is working out as hoped, but I understand it from a developmental point of view.
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