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.
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