Why should I worry about alcohol? shows that parents are an important influence on whether or not your child will choose to drink alcohol. In fact, three out of four kids say their parents are the number one influence on their decisions about drinking. So, even when it seems like they might not be listening, keep talking… your words are not wasted. PARENTS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Despite how you may feel at times, research
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Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash. Adolescent drinkers perform worse in school, are more likely to fall behind, and have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence. High school students who use alcohol or other substances are five times more likely to drop out of school or believe good grades aren’t important.
Although these statistics make it seem like it can be too late for you to do something about it if your child has already consumed alcohol, research shows that it is never too late! Parents who begin to have conversations even after their children start college can still make a difference in their child’s choice to not drink until they are age 21.
Parents Do Make a Difference
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