In the Age of Alcohol Video
It’s not easy being a parent or a teen today, particularly when it comes to decisions about underage drinking. The special five-part video program, In the Age of Alcohol, explores the reality of teen drinking, the choices parents and teens face, and the key role parents play in helping their kids grow into healthy adulthood.
If you’ve ever felt conflicted about your family’s rules around alcohol … if you’ve ever thought that underage drinking is a “rite of passage” or that everybody’s doing it … then this video of real stories is a must-see.
What to do next
Watch the five-part documentary, In the Age of Alcohol. Parents, you may want to watch by yourself first, and then ask your teen to watch with you. You’ll hear real kids and parents sharing their true stories – along with the latest research and information from experts.
How do parents and teens begin talking about the risks of underage drinking? Start by discussing how you both felt when you heard the stories of the people featured in the videos.
The suggested questions below can also help you start the conversation. And remember, listen more than you talk.
- What would you do if someone offered you alcohol at a party? What do you think [name one of your teen’s close friends] would do?
- Do you believe that a party is more fun when alcohol is involved? Why?
- What makes for a “good time” when you and your friends get together?
- Underage drinking is illegal. Ask your teen: what risks does any illegal activity place on our family? How do you think that would make you feel?
- Talk about all of the things your family does to try to live a healthy life. Then ask your teen: how would drinking alcohol interfere with all of our other activities?
- Ask your teen about his/her future dreams and goals. What does your teen hope to accomplish? How would underage drinking impact that?
- Discuss some of the unhealthy risks you expect your teen to avoid, including but not limited to underage drinking. Ask your teen: how can I help you stay on the right track?
- Some experts say that kids drink to relieve the stress and pressure of their lives. Ask your teen: do you feel a lot of anxiety? How do you relieve stress in your life? How can I help?
Teens need to know where their parents stand when it comes to underage drinking. Share your honest expectations and any family history of alcohol abuse. Teens often ask their parents about their own previous teenage behaviors; experts recommend that parents keep self-disclosure to a minimum, and never glorify drinking. Simply tell your children that you remember how difficult making choices can be during the teenage years, and remind them of your expectations.