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It’s not always easy for parents and teens to talk about tough topics and risky behaviors such as underage drinking. Watching these true stories from real teens can help families start a conversation.
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Watch these short reality videos and the five-part documentary, In the Age of Alcohol. You’ll hear real teens and parents sharing true stories – along with the latest research and information from experts.
We’ve put together some suggested “conversation starters” – open-ended questions that can also help parents start a conversation with their teens. For parents, it’s a good idea to listen more than you talk. Click here for printable “Conversation Starters.”
- 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.
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