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Friday, April 2, 2010

Alcohol Awareness Month: Talk Underage Drinking

April is alcohol awareness month, and I want to spread the word about this issue and encourage parents everywhere to talk to their children early and often about the dangers of alcohol.

Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth.  Research shows that children who first use alcohol before age 15 are six times more likely to have alcohol problems than those who start drinking after 21 and that 40% of kids have tried it by the time they reach eighth grade! (Know the Risks!!)

Starting a conversation about underage drinking with your children can be difficult. Talk Underage Drinking provides tips as well as an action plan which parents can personalize to help get the discussion started. Looks like they recommend starting by at least age 6 (if not earlier).

Create your own personalized action plan here.

How did your parents handle this issue with you when you were a kid?

How will you handle it differently with your own children?

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