With the new school year just around the corner, there’s no better time than now to talk to your teen about underage drinking. Not only is consuming alcohol under the age of 21 illegal, it is also dangerous, for a number of reasons.
Studies show that those who drink underage are more likely to binge drink and engage in a number of other risky behaviors. That’s why it’s important for you to talk to your teen about the risks of drinking underage and why they should wait to have their first drink.
When you talk to your teen about underage drinking, discuss the risks that this behavior entails. Review scenarios where they may be exposed to underage drinking and come up with a game plan to help them respond to these situations. Also, it’s important to talk to them about the importance of drinking responsibly if they do decide to drink, whether it’s underage or when they get older.
One of the most important things that a parent can do to discourage underage drinking is to model responsible behavior. If you drink in front of your children, model responsible drinking. Do not have alcohol easily available in your home and monitor the alcohol that you do keep in your home. Get to know your child’s friends and know where they are and what they’re doing when they’re out with those friends.
Ultimately, having an honest and open conversation with your teen about underage drinking can go a long way towards keeping them safe and helping them to make responsible decisions.
If you or someone you love gets a citation for underage drinking, give the attorneys at Craft Law Offices in Greenville, NC a call today.