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.

DON'T PUT THIS ON HOLD.

While the current situation can seem overwhelming, talking to your kids about the risks of underage drinking shouldn’t be.

Helping your kids stay alcohol free can be as simple of being a positive role model in their life. An adolescent’s decision to drink is often influenced by their parents’ views and behaviors when it comes to alcohol. By modeling responsible alcohol use, you can set the tone on how to behave responsibly.

Being a positive role model also includes setting clear rules about alcohol use and consistently enforcing those rules. Make the right call. Make sure they know the risks and that you will be there to support them.