The first step to talking about alcohol with teens is simply getting started
Here are a few tips:
1. Ask permission to ask them questions, make it a conversation you are both willing to engage in
2. Respect how they feel and try not to force the communication
3. Engage them in the facts of how alcohol affects someone, why it is dangerous for teens, and what consequences could happen
4. Seek discussion, not lecture
As an important influence in a teen’s life, make sure you are not making assumptions about their alcohol use. The truth is although most teens don’t drink, some do, and it remains the number one most abused substance among youth.
Start the conversation and encourage them to steer clear of alcohol!
Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!