Strategies for Parents to Prevent Underage Drinking [Video]
#3 Talk With Your Children - Talk about the ads - there are lots of them - and why they are appealing, and what the truth is when it comes to alcohol. Talk about what they see in TV shows and movies. Talk when there is a car accident related to alcohol - there are lots of those too. Have an ongoing dialogue. Start by middle school. Not only is that when the exposure can really start, both in the media and socially, but in middle school, they still talk to you.
#2 Don’t Be Afraid to Say No - Sometimes, our fear of negative reaction from our friends, or others we don’t even know, keeps us from doing what we know is right. Real simple, it may seem like “everyone is doing it,” but they are not. Don’t let someone else make your decisions for you. If someone is pressuring you to do something that's not right for you, you have the right to say no, the right not to give a reason why, and the right to just walk away.
#1 Be A Good Role Model - The second biggest risk factor for underage drinking? A family history of dysfunctional drinking. I'm not just talking about alcoholism here, although that can run in families. I'm also talking about the message you send when alcohol is a big part of your social life, especially if your social life involves getting drunk. Kids always pay more attention to what we do than to what we say. If you want your child to have good judgment about alcohol, show it yourself.
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