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90%

Less Likely


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

73%

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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 Get Burned.

According to drugfree.org: “Rules provide a concrete way to let your child understand what’s expected of him or her and to learn self-control. Don’t just assume they “know” you don’t want them to drink or do drugs. Teens and young adults don’t deal well with gray areas, so when they’re offered alcohol or drugs, you don’t want any confusion in their minds.

Establish rules and consequences. Rules are a signal to your child that you care about them and his or her safety. And consequences are way of helping — not hurting — them. A firm consequence, such as getting grounded or having to give up a fun privilege, is a reminder of what not to do in the future.

When you lay out rules and consequences, be very clear – make sure your child understands the limits you’ve set before there’s an opportunity to do something wrong. One great way to do this is to actually write out your expectations for one another (being home before curfew, getting a ride home from a party if things get out of hand), and to jointly sign off on them.”

Prevent future fires by being really clear about your rules and holding your kids accountable when there are consequences.

Credit: Addressing Substance Use: Set Limits & Monitor Behavior. September 2020. drugfree.org/article/set-limits-monitor/.

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