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.

OPEN A WINDOW.

Parents are the most influential factor in whether or not a teen decides to drink alcohol. 1This is one reason it is so important for you to open a dialogue with your teen about your expectations and rules when it comes to underage drinking.

When you have conversations with your teen about underage drinking, remember to let them speak too and listen to what they have to say. If you have a consistent and honest conversation with your child about what you expect, they will be more likely to listen.

Don’t wait until something smells fishy. Talk to your teen today about underage drinking and make sure they know you are there to help keep them alcohol free.

1. The Fight Against Underage Drinking | Stats on Teen Alcohol Use. Responsibility.org/alcohol-statistics/underage-drinking-statistics