Underage Drinking

 

Talk - They Listen.

Talk – They Listen.

Underage drinking is a national public health issue with serious implications.  The age range between 11 and 18 is an impressionable period when youth are especially susceptible to outside influences such as peers, family members, and the media.

Underage drinking has severe consequences, many of which parents may not be fully aware. Consequences may include: injury or death from accidents; unintended, unwanted, and unprotected sexual activity; academic problems; and other drug use.

A great look at the consequences of underage drinking in Wisconsin along with strategies to move Wisconsin forward in addressing this issue is shown in this video.

What you can do:

  • Talk to your kids.  Talk early.  Talk often.  Over 70% of children say their parents are the biggest influence over their decision to drink or not.  When planning conversations with children aged 9-13, “Start Talking Before They Start Drinking” has excellent information and tips.  “Make a Difference: Talk to your about about alcohol” focuses on having conversations with teens.
  • Be a good role model.  Be aware of the messages you are sending to children.  Have you ever reached for a drink, saying “I had a tough day”?  Do you tell drinking stories in front of kids?  Do you ever ask your kids to get you a beer from the refrigerator?  Do you encourage your own friends to drink more? – “Come on, just have one more!”   These can send mixed messages: That alcohol is a good way to relieve stress; That alcohol is necessary to have fun; That more drinking = more fun.

REMEMBER, KIDS LEARN FROM YOUR BEHAVIORS.