ALCOHOL & UNDERAGE DRINKING

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

An American Addiction Centers Resources

Partnership  for Drug-Free Kids

Talking to Your Kids
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     One of the most important factors in healthy childhood development is a strong and open relationship with the parent. It is important to start talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs before they are exposed to them- as early as 9 years old!

     Unsure of where to start? Below are 5 talking points to help guide your conversation with your child about the risks of underaged drinking. And remember: Keep it low-key. Don't worry about having to get everything across in one talk. Plan to have many short talks, keeping the topic fresh in your kid's mind.

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1) Show you disapprove of underage                         drinking and other drug misuse
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     Over 80 percent of young people aged 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. Send a clear and strong message that you disapprove of underaged drinking and use or misuse of other drugs.

2) Show you care about your child's                            health, wellness, and success

     Young people are more likely to listen when they know you're on their side. Reinforce why you don't want your child to drink or use other drugs- because you want your child happy and safe. The conversation will go a lot better if you're open and show concern. 

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3) Show you're a good source of                                      information about alcohol and other drugs

     You want your child to make informed decisions about alcohol and other drugs with reliable information about its dangers. You don't want your child to learn about alcohol and drugs from unreliable resources. Establish yourself as a trustworthy source of information.

4) Show you're paying attention and you'll              discourage risky behaviors

     Show you're aware of what your child is up to, as young people are more likely to drink or use other drugs if they think no one will notice. Do this in a subtle way, without prying.

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5) Build your child's skills and strategies for              avoiding drinking and drug use

     Even if you don't think your child wants to drink or try other drugs, peer pressure is a powerful thing. Having a plan to avoid alcohol and drug use can help children make better choices. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to family members or practicing how they'll say "no thanks."

Provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Dangers and Risks of Underage Drinking
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Information Courtesy of DrinkAware UK