5 Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Underage Drinking
Talk with your child about alcohol.
Use everyday situations to start conversations about alcohol.
Try not to lecture. A two-way dialogue works better than a speech.
Give examples of what can happen if your child drinks.
There are penalties for breaking the law.
There will be consequences from you, the parent.
Normal activities like swimming, skating or riding a bike can be very dangerous when drinking alcohol.
Be a good role model. Adult misuse of alcohol may lead to unhealthy attitudes toward alcohol use by young people.
Don’t let a friend or family member drive home after they’ve had too much to drink.
If your entertainment plans include alcohol, always choose a designated driver before going out.
Don’t laugh or joke about excessive drinking or crazy things you or someone else did while drinking.
Don’t use alcohol to escape from troubles or stress.
Disapprove of underage drinking.
Set guidelines and rules for your children about alcohol and make sure they understand them.
Praise your children when they make good decisions.
Hold your children accountable when they break the rules.
Supervise your children.
Know where your children are, who they are with, and what they are doing.
Pay special attention to your child’s closest friends.
Recognize problem behavior and seek help when necessary.
Call the Substance Abuse Helpline to ask questions and find local resources at 775-825-4357.
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