Schools take action
Many parents avoid discussions about underage drinking. Some deny that their child may be drinking. Others resist examining their own alcohol use.
When kids "party" - no matter where - they're vulnerable. They binge and get sick. They fall and get injured. They make decisions about sex they would never make sober.
It's smart to encourage children to delay the use of alcohol. It keeps them safer - physically and emotionally. Kids who drink before age 15 are much more likely to abuse alcohol later in life than those who wait until they're 21.
"In our culture, children are surrounded by messages that encourage them to drink," Dr. Brian Johnson says. "So our conversations with them need to be ongoing."
Effective communication is key to raising healthy kids. Dr. Johnson and Words Can Work offers these important tips.
Copyright 2015 Blake Works Inc. Consider how your use of alcohol influences your child. >
Give positive reasons as well as negative to avoid alcohol. >
Help your child imagine real-life situations. >
Set ground rules about underage drinking. >
Use everyday opportunities to talk about alcohol. >
When a party is planned, call the parents of the kids hosting a party. >