Talk to your Teen about Alcohol

posted Sep 14, 2012, 9:34 AM by Maria Geueke
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a helpful resource called Make A Difference, for talking to your teen about alcohol. The guidebook includes everything from information about the risks of alcohol consumption to warning signs of a drinking problem.

"With so many drugs available to young people these days, you may wonder, 'Why develop a booklet about helping kids avoid alcohol?' Alcohol is a drug, as surely as cocaine and marijuana are. It’s also illegal to drink under the age of 21. And it’s dangerous. Kids who drink are more likely to: Be victims of violent crime. Have serious problems in school. Be involved in drinking-related traffic crashes. This guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. Keep in mind that the suggestions on the following pages are just that—suggestions."

From Make A Difference;
Some ways to build a strong, supportive bond with your child:
  • Establish open communication 
  • Show you care
In talking with your teen about alcohol, include:
  • Your child's views about alcohol - Ask your young teen what he or she knows about alcohol and what he or she thinks about teen drinking.
  • Important Facts about alcohol- Share some important facts about alcohol with your teen and go over the myths that your teen might have about alcohol.

For the full guidebook and more information, click here.