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Christmas, holiday parties can lead to ” parenting with a hangover,’ new poll says

The University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital surveyed more than 1,000 adults who have a child 9 years or younger.
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Parents of young children planning to take part in holiday festivities such as parties — this year should be prepared to parent while the hangover the next day, a recent poll from the University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital says.

The poll is recently surveyed 1,170 parents with at least one child 9 years or younger. Of the respondents, 27 percent said that they often drink alcoholic beverages during the “special events”, while 36% said that they drink “sometimes” and 17 percent said they “rarely” drink at these events.

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But while many of the respondents said that they plan for “the transport and the care of a child for a special event,” a less number considering how much drinking can affect parenting the next day,” a press release from the university states.

In fact, 24 percent of the respondents to the survey said that they have no chance to make plans “for alcohol limits, or day-after, the care of a child,” while 8 percent of the parents who participated in the research, ” reported an earlier situation where they might be impairment of alcohol to fulfill their parenting responsibilities,” although many of these same parents said this later led them to limit the consumption of alcohol or to plan ahead for their child in order to prevent a similar situation in the future.

The poll’s authors warn that drinking too much can also have consequences for their child’s safety.

For example, approximately 29 percent of the parents said: “they know of another adult that could have caused an unsafe situation for their child as a result of drinking alcohol on a special occasion,” according to the survey, which explained that 61 percent of the respondents said that they were concerned that the adult to be harmed or hungover” to supervise their child, while 48 percent said they were concerned that the adult was not capable of handling an “emergency” at that time.

Even fewer — 37 percent said they were concerned that the adult reason with their child, while ” impaired.” Twenty-eight percent expressed concern the adult was “violent or out of hand in front of the child”, while 7 percent said they were afraid that the adult injured the child.

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“Although rare, instances of this size needs to be asked adults to act and ensure that the child’s immediate safety, such as the keeping of the child in another adult for the care of a drunken parent can sober, and to urge the offending parent to make better choices in the future regarding alcohol use,” the poll’s authors.

While the poll of the authors noted “special events” such as weddings and holiday parties — an opportunity for parents to socialize with other adults, “advance[d] planning is necessary in order to ensure that children have the proper care and support during and after the celebration.”

“This should include strategies to prevent overindulging, such as alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Transport plans should ensure that the parent is safe at home and that the babysitter is not to rely on a disturbed parent for a ride home,” they wrote. “If alcohol use may cause the parent to feel less than optimal the next day, child care arrangements may involve the child staying overnight with a friend or relative at home.”

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