1/3 of teens have never had a serious discussion with their parents about the dangers of alcohol or drug use. Many who haven't had these conversations wish that they could discuss substance abuse openly and honestly with Mom & Dad.* Children whose parents have clear discussions with them about the risks of substance abuse before the age of 10 are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol early on.** In fact, 83% of youth cite their parents as the leading influence in their decision not to drink alcohol.***
Did you know?
How you drink is a model for how your children will drink. Role-modeling good decision making and responsible behavior is one of the most impactful ways your children will learn how to make healthy decisions regarding alcohol consumption. In many cases, what parents role-model has a greater impact than what parents say. A study by the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reported that during role-play scenarios, children as young as four were mimicking their parents' use of alcohol.
Take the Talk Test:
Parents, can you really “talk the talk” when it comes to communicating effectively with your children about drinking? Take this test and find out.
*How to Raise a Drug Free Kid, Dr. Joseph Califano
**Hawkins, J.D. Graham, J.W. Magiun E, Abbot R, Hill and Cataleno, R. Exploring the effects of age of alcohol use initiation and psychosocial factors on subsequent alcohol misuse, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 1997
***The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility