What Can Parents and Caring Adults Do About Underage Drinking?

| June 11, 2013
  • MADD handbookSet a good example – Drink responsibly NEVER drink and drive.
  • Talk WITH your kids – Know where they are going, who they are going with, where they will be and when they will be home. Check in on occasion just to make sure.
  • Remove temptation – Limit and monitor the cans and bottles in your refrigerator and lock your liquor cabinet.
  • Know the warning signs for underage drinking, and if you have concerns get help.
  • Talk to your kids’ friends and their parents. Let them know your rules and that you expect your child to follow them no matter where they are. Let the parents
    know that you do not want your son/daughter drinking alcohol.
  • Finally, if you can, get involved in your community’s efforts to address underage drinking.

Youth drink for many reasons, a few of the more common reasons are:

  • Social transitions – leaving one school for another (including elementary to middle school and middle school to high school),
  • Depression or other mental health issues,
  • Family history of alcoholism, and
  • Friends that participate in underage drinking.

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