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Tips for parents: talking to your kids about alcohol

More than 80 percent of young people say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether or not to drink alcohol.

For parents, there may never seem to be a perfect time to talk to your child about alcohol, but doing so can dramatically reduce the odds your child will make mistakes later.

  • It’s never too early to talk about alcohol. Some kids will try alcohol as early as 9 years old.
  • Don’t feel like you need to discuss everything in one talk. Simply raising the topic and talking openly with your child about alcohol can be helpful and let them know it’s OK to ask you about it.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has advice for parents on how and when to talk with kids about alcohol. You can find them at www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov.

 

Originally published November 1, 2015 in Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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