- Do you ever reach for a drink in front of your kids saying “I had a tough day?” This can make alcohol seem like a good way to relive stress and something you NEED to relax.
- Do you tell drinking stories in front of your kids? Laughing about heavy drinking can seem like alcohol is always necessary to have fun and encourages them to drink.
- Do you ever ask your kids to get you a beer or other alcoholic beverage for you?
- Do you offer alcohol to your teen as a special treat for celebrations, family gatherings, etc?
- Do you ever encourage your friends or other family members to drink more in front of your kids? This could make kids think “more drinks, more fun” and teaches them that it is o.k. to give into peer pressure.
- Do you have alcohol in your home that is readily accessible to your child?
- Does your child observe you drinking to excess?
- Does your child observe you drinking and then driving?
What can you do:
*from the State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, “Your Teen and Alcohol, a Resource Guide for Maine Parents”
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.