Are you prepared to parent after overindulging at the holiday party?

Are you prepared to parent after overindulging at the holiday party?

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Researchers at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital surveyed almost 1,200 parents with at least one child under age 10. Most parents said they drink alcohol on special occasions, and that they prepare for these events by organizing childcare and a safe ride home. But only one out of four parents who drink at special events said they'd considered how to care for their children the day after a celebration if they have a hangover.

Interestingly, many of the least-prepared parents reported they don't typically drink. The researchers concluded this may be because people not accustomed to drinking forget how awful it can make them feel the next day.

Taking care of young children can become more than a bit problematic if you're passed out on the couch. Even a mild hangover can leave parents drained and less alert, Sarah Clark, co-director of the poll, told Reuters.

The survey detected other concerning trends:

  • One in 12 parents said they'd been too drunk to properly parent their child on at least one occasion. Many of these parents reported changing their habits after this experience.
  • Three out of 10 parents said they knew of another adult who had endangered a child by getting drunk at a holiday celebration. In most cases, this was because they were too inebriated to properly care for the child. But in more than a quarter of cases the adult drove with a child in the car, or became violent or out of control in front of a child.

The survey relied on parents' recollections, as well as their honesty. It's possible even more parents are unprepared for the effects of alcohol this holiday season, but don't want to admit it.

Let's face it, many of us like to unwind and indulge in a glass or two during the holidays. Here are some helpful tips from the research report on how to make sure your parenting doesn't suffer:

  • Enjoy yourself but don't overindulge. Try strategies to control your alcohol consumption, such as alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Plan ahead how you'll get home, and make sure your babysitter isn't relying on you for a ride after the party if you're planning to drink.
  • Make childcare arrangements for the following day, such as arranging for your little one to stay overnight at a friend or relative's home.
  • If another parent is drunk and poses a danger to a child, keep the child in another adult's care until the parent sobers up.

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