Power of Parents (Pocket Guide)

Most kids say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking.

5 REASONS THAT CHILDREN RESPECT When you speak with your son or daughter about avoiding alcohol, emphasize the following reasons: Reason 1: Underage drinking is illegal. Most kids know it is illegal to drink under the age of 21. State clearly that you expect your child to obey the law. Reason 2: Drinking can make you sick, pass out, or die. Remind your child that alcohol sickness can happen suddenly and with little warning. Reason 3: Drinking can lead to assault. Kids who are drinking are more vulnerable to dangerous situations and often can’t escape the threat of rape or assault. Reason 4: Drinking can lead to early death. Heavy drinking can damage the liver, kidneys, brain, and heart, all with serious long-term consequences. Reason 5: Drinking might lead to being an alcoholic. Research clearly shows, however, that the younger a person starts drinking, the greater the chance they will develop alcohol problems later in life.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The best approach is to discuss realistic consequences in a straightforward and honest manner.

Talking About Alcohol // 5 Reasons Kids Respect


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