Real Stories

Streaming videos featuring real kids talking about real issues

Parents, teachers, mentors, coaches – adults play a powerful role in helping teens make healthy choices. We know it’s not always easy to talk about tough topics and risky behaviors such as underage drinking. Watching these true stories from real teens can help you start a conversation with your own kids.

What to do next

Watch these short videos and the five-part documentary, Parenting in the Age of Alcohol. You may want to watch by yourself first, and then ask your teen to watch with you. You’ll hear real kids sharing real stories – along with the latest research and information from experts.

Suggested Discussion Questions

How do you begin talking with your teen about the risks of underage drinking? Start by discussing the videos, and how you both felt about the stories. The suggested questions below can also help you start the conversation. And remember, listen more than you talk. Click here for a printable version of the discussion questions.

  • 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. 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 you 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 teenage behaviors; experts recommend that you 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.