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Why talk about alcohol with your kids?

Parents have everyday opportunities to talk to their kids about alcohol. Here’s a few reasons to take advantage of those moments to share expectations around not using alcohol and other drugs:

Parents have significant influence in their children’s decisions about alcohol and other drugs

One of the most influential factors during a child’s adolescence is maintaining a strong, open relationship with a parent. When parents create supportive and nurturing environments, children make better decisions. Though it may not always seem like it, children really do hear their parents’ concerns.

It’s better to talk before children are exposed to alcohol and other drugs

If you talk to your kids directly and honestly, they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol and drug use. When parents talk with their children early and often about alcohol and other drugs, they can protect their children from many of the high-risk behaviors associated with using these drugs.

Not talking about alcohol and other drugs still sends kids a message

Kids don’t always have all the facts when it comes to alcohol and other drugs. If parents don’t talk about the risks of underage drinking and substance use, their kids might not see any harm in trying alcohol and other substances. Having a conversation allows parents to set clear rules about what they expect from their kids when it comes to alcohol and other drugs.

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