Talking to Teenagers About Underage Drinking

According to the National Parent Teacher Association, 10, 265 people died in 2015 as a result of drunk driving while 290,000 were injured. There are several intervention methods that can be used to prevent underage drinking, however parents talking to their kids about the dangers of alcohol consumption is one of the most effective ways to prevent the behavior. Studies have shown that teenagers are five times more likely to have an alcohol addiction and seven times more likely to drink and drive if they begin drinking at age 14 or younger. Therefore, it is imperative that parents begin to have conversations with their children about drinking early and often.

Tips for parents conversing with their kids about alcohol consumption include:

  • Communicate early before a problem starts.
  • Show you care.
  • Pay attention
  • Plan family activities
  • Enforce consequences