Parents, your disapproval of underage drinking is the #1 reason kids choose not to drink alcohol.

This toolkit is designed to help you talk early and often with your kids regarding alcohol, it’s dangers, your expectations and consequences.

There are many activities that parents can do to prevent underage drinking. Find out what you can do to raise a healthy teen!
Actions speak louder than words. Some actions and behaviors by parents, while not intentional, may encourage underage drinking and drug use and contribute to your child’s perception of the encouragement of use. See our tip sheets to check the message you are sending.
Teens report that the biggest influences in their lives are their parents and family. Establishing rules about underage drinking has proven highly successful. Our Parent/Child Agreement can help you and your kids discuss the issue and work together to set rules that everyone understands and accepts.
Your child leaving for college is a stressful time for you all as a family. You can help facilitate a successful transition by talking about college drinking culture before your teen leaves-and then maintaining the conversation throughout his/her college years. Learn How.
Knowledge is key and a powerful tool for parents! Learn more about alcohol and its impact, how to have critical conversations and more from these great resources.
Do you suspect that your child is using alcohol? Are you worried or not sure what to look for? Learn about red flags and how to handle them.
Don’t know where to begin when having the conversation about alcohol with your child? Use these questions to get you started-try to avoid badgering your child with them instead use one as the jumping off point for a two-way conversation.
Be sure that the information and concerns about alcohol you share with your child is right for their age. As they get older, you can give them more information and reinforce your rules. Learn more about making your conversations about alcohol count.
Texting is an integral part of your tween/teen’s life- and can be an integral part of you connecting and communicating with them. Not sure what to say on a text-we got you covered.
According to the American Medical Association the brain goes through dynamic change during adolescence [ages 12–21] and alcohol can seriously damage long- and short-term growth processes. Learn more about impact of alcohol on your child’s developing brain.

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