It's a scary thought, but your children could be standing there, talking about getting drunk right in front of you...and you might not even know it.
To gain clarity into your child's involvement with alcohol, it helps to know some of the most common slang currently being used on the street (and in the suburbs) to describe alcohol and the drinking "scene".
Here are some of the most popular slang terms for alcohol and alcohol use:
Alcohol is also known as Booze, Brew, Cold One, Juice, Sauce, Vino, Hard Stuff
Beer Bong: A device used to drink beer quickly through a hose or funnel (may also be known as "Hose Monster").
Black Out: The memory loss experienced during a period of binge drinking.
Chug (Chugging): Consuming a large amount of alcohol quickly (often as part of a drinking game).
Crunked: To get high off of alcohol and marijuana at the same time.
Everclear: A dangerously potent drink with a 90% alcohol proof level
Hand Grenade: A small bottle of sweet, pre-mixed alcohol (often sold at convenience stores).
Hangover: An ill feeling experienced the day after drinking alcohol.
Jag: An extended period of heavy drug or alcohol abuse.
Jello Shots: Grocery store gelatin products mixed with alcohol and usually served in an ice cube tray or small cups (also known as "Zippers").
Methyl Alcohol: A highly dangerous form of alcohol found in household products such as antifreeze, fuel and paint thinners (may also be known as "wood alcohol").
Pre-Game: To take part in drinking alcohol before a party.
Proof: A term referring to the amount of alcohol found in various liquor products. The "proof" number equals double the percentage of alcohol found in the product (for example: "90 proof everclear contains 45 percent alcohol).
Watermelon: A whole watermelon that has been injected with Everclear and served.
Think your child is too young for you to have to worry about terminology like this? Check the statistics and then think again:
53.8% of 8th graders have tried alcohol.
72.0% of 10th graders have tried alcohol.
81.76% of 12th grades have tried alcohol.
Learn the language of your children and find out what they're doing when you aren't around. Don't let a "language barrier" or a generation gap keep you from keeping THEM away from alcohol!