5 Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Underage Drinking

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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