Do: Discuss the problem calmly with your son or daughter. Explain that you are concerned and willing to help. Stay awake when your child stays out late, when possible, and show you are interested in what they are doing. Seek professional help to handle this situation. Don't: Take over your child’s responsibilities. Instead, provide him or her with the means to take responsibility for himself or herself. Argue with your son or daughter if she or he is drunk. Make excuses or cover up for your son or daughter. When a “good” child suddenly starts acting badly or self-destructively, such as by drinking alcohol, it can be a sign of abuse. We urge you to talk promptly to a professional about your concerns.
NEED MORE HELP? If your child is drinking, review the resources for help at the back of this handbook.
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