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how to talk to your teen about drinking?

Reinforce the importance of establishing a base of trust early on and enforcing an environment of responsibility and responsiveness that includes consequences. Understanding the potentially severe consequences of drinking and driving, or functioning while impaired, such as loss of license and a permanent stain on one's record that could affect college, or anything for which a state or federal license may be required in the future, needs to be part of the conversation that parents have with their children.

Here are some tips for talking to your kids, based on their age:

  • If they're 13 years old, there's a good chance they'll be exposed to social drinking soon. Time to start the conversation if you haven't already.
  • If they're 15, your kids need to know the rules and consequences if those rules are broken. They need to know you're not afraid to enforce these rules. It's also important to build mutual trust so they don't feel the need to go behind your back.
  • And at 17, it's even more important to stress the consequences of drinking & driving, which of course, include death and injury... but also things like athletic eligibility and college scholarships.

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