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How to Talk to Kids about Alcohol

Children need help in distinguishing fact from fiction in regards to drugs and alcohol. It's never too soon to begin.

Difficulty Level: hard      Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:
  1. Be well informed. Have your facts straight before relaying information to your children.
  2. Make sure the information that you plan to offer is appropriate for your child's age and development.
  3. Start early. Children as young as 11 begin using alcohol.
  4. Set aside a family time when there are no other distractions. Initiate the conversation with your child.
  5. Communicate your "family policy" about taking drugs or drinking alcohol and give the reasons for the policy.
  6. Try to create a "open" atmosphere in which your children feel free to say what is on their minds.
  7. Listen carefully.
  8. Role play how to say "no" when offered drugs or alcohol.
  9. Be honest.
  10. Repeat the conversation as your children grow to emphasize your concern and to listen to their feelings.
  1. Student surveys indicate when parents listen to their children's feelings and concerns, their kids are more likely to stay drug-free
  2. If you suspect your child has a problem with drugs and alcohol, seek professional help immediately.
  3. Be a good example.

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