Parents Make A Difference!

While alcohol continues to be the most widely used drug by youth in the U. S., you can make a difference!  Research shows that teens say parents/caregivers are the most important influence on their decisions about drinking alcohol.
Help them by participating in: 


TALK..... to your teen about the dangers of underage drinking.
  • Short and long term consequences of drinking alcohol
  • Impact of alcohol on brain development.  The brain is not fully developed until a person is in their mid 20's.  Alcohol can alter brain function long term.
MONITOR..... your teen's activities and the alcohol in your home.
  • Know where your teen is and who their friends are
  • Keep track of the alcohol supply in your home
SECURE..... alcohol in locked cabinets or containers.
  • Lock alcohol in cabinets and other storage areas that are not accessible to your teen
  • Set a rule that alcohol in the refrigerator is off limits
SUPPORT..... your teen's health and safety, build trust and reinforce positive behavior.
  • Listen without judgement
  • Acknowledge positive behavior and achievements
  • Help them learn refusal skills- ways to say "No."


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)- "Talk. They Hear You." Campaign
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)- "The Power of Parents"-
Hidden in Plain Sight-  Interactive experience of a typical teen's bedroom to educate parents/caregivers to recognize signs of alcohol or drug use.