80. Alcohol Use by Kids: How to Ask. How to Help.

Trigger warning: This episode includes discussions about suicide and depression

Dr. Joanna Quigley is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She has also been on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and trained in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky. She engages in a number of collaborative efforts to support mental health care in the primary care setting, the care of children with chronic illness and mental health care needs, as well as for adolescents struggling with substance use.

Dr. Quigley serves as a consulting child psychiatrist for the Michigan Child Collaborative Care (MC3) program at the University of Michigan providing outreach support to primary care pediatric, family medicine, and obstetric providers across the state of Michigan.  Dr. Quigley was the lead author on the 2019 AAP Policy Statement “Alcohol Use by Youth.”

 

[00:01] Opening Segment

  • How serious is the problem of alcohol use among kids? Dr. Joanna Quigley shares her insights
  • What pediatricians and patients should know about the CRAFFT questionnaire

[06:29] Screening Tools for Kids

  • How to screen kids the right way for alcohol use according to Joanna
  • Joanna gives some tips to start a conversation with kids properly
  • Why families should watch out for binge drinking

[16:55] Alcohol Use and Related Issues

  • How mental health and substance abuse relates to alcohol use among kids
  • Pediatricians should also consider their pre-conceived biases when screening kids: Here’s why
  • These sectors have a high risk for alcohol use and substance use disorders: Listen to our discussion

[26:40] Family-Based Approaches on Alcohol Use

  • Is there a connection between alcohol use and ADHD and autism spectrum disorders?
  • The downsides of some resources in relation to substance and alcohol use abuse
  • The importance of family-based approaches in treating alcohol use among kids

[36:28] The Right Way to Talk With Kids About Alcohol Use

  • How to help the parents in talking with their kids about alcohol use
  • The latest data about the parents’ perception of underage drinking
  • The advantages of routine screening according to Joanna

 [41:21] Closing Segment

  • Final takeaways
  • Acknowledgment of Joanna’s work for kids and pediatricians
  • Alcohol use being a common issue among kids
  • The evidence-based tool that pediatricians can use
  • Administering questionnaires both written and verbal
  • Substance Use Disorder transcends race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual identity, among others
  • Our definition of binge drinking
  • An alternative way to talk about alcohol use with kids
  • Relation of comorbidities to drinking
  • Mental health and substance use disorder
  • Kids with a high risk of alcohol use
  • How treatment of alcohol use should be
  • Joanna’s message for parents to prevent substance abuse among their kids
  • Available resources below
  • What should be the end goal for kids

Key Quotes:

“When we’re seeing patients and thinking about who should we be ‘worried’ about…it’s not just teenage boys…binge drinking is a problem for girls as well.” – Dr. Joanna Quigley

“Family-based work is often essential when we’re addressing substance use disorders in adolescents…that is a big component of the care. ” – Dr. Joanna Quigley

Resources mentioned:

Email Joanna at [email protected] and visit med.umich.edu to know more about her space. Follow her on Twitter @jquigleymd

 

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