Ways to Discourage Teenage Drinking

Introduction:Research has shown that teenage drinking is discouraged when parents are close to their children and are involved in their lives.
When there is conflict in the family and a lack of bonding, there is an increased risk of alcohol use.

  • 01

    Talk

    It is important to talk to children at all stages of development. Keep the lines of communication open so that all subjects
    are freely discussed. Explain the risks of teenage drinking, or abusing alcohol at any age. Some youths have started to binge
    drink by the time they are in the sixth grade. They have no idea what it does to their developing brain and that it is a dangerous drug.

  • 02

    Set Rules

    Young people need to have a clear set of rules. They need to know that there will absolutely not be any teenage drinking allowed in the family. Mixed messages and no expectations leave a child vulnerable to underage drinking. They also need to know what the consequences will be if they are ever discovered breaking the rules.

  • 03

    Be an Example

    When a parent is trying to educate youngsters about the dangers of teenage drinking, they need to be an example. Alcoholic beverages should not be available in the home. Those who choose to drink need to lock up their supply. Children should not see their own parents abusing liquor. Parents who drink need to explain that alcohol should not be used until the age of 21 and then only in moderation. If parents do not drink, they can tell their children why they chose not to.

  • 04

    Monitor Friends

    Getting to know who young people hang out with and their parents is important in the effort to discourage teenage drinking. Parents should try to help their children to choose friends who will respect the rules they have been asked to obey. Just because the "no drinking rule" is established at home, does not mean it will be at another person's home. It helps when friends have similar values.

  • 05

    Stay Involved

    Teenage drinking happens less frequently when parents know where their youth are and what they are doing. According to studies, children are more inclined to drink during the hours of 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. when there is less supervision by parents. There are also those parties that young people like to go to on the weekends. It is okay to tell them to call for a ride if there is any liquor being used at the party.





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  • snowfence 3/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    These are all great tips on discouraging teenage drinking. Thanks! H5 and like!

  • goodselfme 3/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    Such a good parenting tool in your h5 list. I fully agree with all of them.

  • clewand550 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent advice. We have one down and one more to go and then time to worry about the grandkids. It seems like kids are drinking at such a young age especially these days. Nice list of 5.

  • Snakesmom 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    I am with you all the way on these especially on talking to your teen about teenage drinking. H5!

  • tamron 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great point Kids need rules and discipline they don't get enough of that these days. Alcohol is deceiving because it seems so fun but it quickly can consume you! Ping Ya!

  • litetender 3/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent list. I personally think we're a little paranoid about not letting kids under 21 drink at all, and that they should be allowed to do so at home under parental supervision. In Europe, even younger children drink and they don't have the problems with alcohol to the degree Americans have. I think it has to do with removing the "forbidden fruit" aspect. I would much rather my kids learn about the effects of alcohol at home than out with their friends where peer pressure and automobiles are also factors. H5!

  • ListMaker 3/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    Being an example is so important. Children imitate their parents, I don't care if they're 1 or 53 (well, these days, my mom imitates me....)

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