Parents: What You Think Matters

90%

Less Likely


Kids who delay using alcohol till age 21 are 90% less likely to become dependent as adults1

73%

More Talks


Conversations about underage drinking between kids and their parents have increased by 73%, from 2003-2016.3

65%

Less drinking


Lifetime alcohol consumption among 8th graders has declined from 70% in 1991 to 25% reported in 2019. 2

2018

Illinois Youth Survey


Study shows that alcohol continues to be the most widely used drug among teens. 1

TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THE RISKS OF UNDERAGE DRINKING, AND MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THEY'LL GET CAUGHT IF THEY TRY IT.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THE RISKS OF UNDERAGE DRINKING, AND MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THEY'LL GET CAUGHT IF THEY TRY IT.

FIND THE BALANCE.

As kids grow older, they seek independence and look to take more risks. Some adolescents decide to take the risk of underage drinking without fully realizing all of the consequences. Help your child understand the risks of underage drinking before they try it.


Research shows that 80% of adolescents take into account their parents views on alcohol when considering whether to drink. They are more likely to listen when parents are consistent when talking about their views on underage drinking. Teens respond well to parents who provide a steady balance of discipline and support.

Talk to your child about the risks of underage drinking and make sure they know you are there to support them and help keep them balanced and alcohol free.