Parents: What You Think Matters

4X

More Likely


people who start drinking before the age of 15 years old are 4x's more likely to become dependent on alcohol.1

80%

Kids


ages 10-18 years say that their parents
are the leading influence on
whether or not they drink alcohol.2

20

Years


The amount of 8th, 10th & 12th graders who drink alcohol underage has reduced by half over the last two decades.3

100%

Eyes Rolled


at the last joke Dad told.


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.

KEEP IT LIGHT.

The last thing dad needs is a heavier load to carry. Prevent the burden of underage drinking. The NIH (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) highlights In Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol-Parents, “You have more influence on your child’s values and decisions about drinking before he or she begins to use alcohol.” That means the time is now. Connect with your kids about the risks of using alcohol. Connect early and often, before they are ever faced with the choice. Discuss what it feels like to not have another thing to worry about or to hold them back. Find out what kind of situations might be tricky for them, and offer specific suggestions about what they can do. You can’t always be with your kids, but you can help them map out a plan ahead of time so they are prepared to make a good choice and have a back up plan. Follow up regularly and make sure that things don’t go off course. Check for warning signs such as: mood changes, lapses of memory, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, lack of coordination, or slurred speech. Do your kids know that they will get caught if they use alcohol underage?


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