Reducing Drinking

Reducing Underage Drinking: What Every Parent Can Do

Who is drinking?

  • The median age at which children begin drinking is 15.7 years of age.
  • Forty-eight percent of high school seniors say they consumed alcohol in the last 30 days.

Where do they get alcohol?

  • Teenagers often find someone older to buy it, use fake ID and purchase it themselves, steal it from stores or take it from their own homes.
  • Forty-eight percent of 9th graders obtain alcohol from their parents or another adult.
  • Nearly 84% of tenth graders and 67% of eight graders say alcohol is "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get.

How Parents Can Help

  • Make sure your kids know what you expect regarding underage alcohol use. Set rules with clear consequences. Discuss and agree on them and follow through consistently.
  • Refuse to supply alcohol to underage youth in your home or on your property. Supplying alcohol is an invitation for young people to drink illegally. Teen alcohol use is NOT a rite of passage into adulthood. In fact, alcohol has kept too many teens from becoming adults.
  • Make sure that alcohol is not available at the other events your teen will be attending. Talk to other parents and party hosts to ensure alcohol-free celebrations. Be proactive: if parents stand together on this issue, they will present a united front for teens.
  • Think about where alcohol is kept in your home and how much alcohol you have on hand.
  • Create opportunities and activities in your home so your kids and their friends feel welcome.

Teens are at reduced risk for alcohol problems when they have:

  • A parent(s) or significant adult who is actively involved.
  • Adults who regularly support positive lifestyle choices and activities.
  • A sense of responsibility to others.

Information provided by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

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