April is Alcohol Awareness month. It is the perfect time for parents to engage with their kids and start a conversation regarding underage drinking.
The numbers have shown that underage drinking is in decline in the U.S., however that does not mean parents shouldn’t talk to their kids about it. In fact the Ipsos Parent eNation Omnibus Survey shows that 93 percent of parents report concern about underage drinking. They need to make sure their kids are well informed and equipped to make the right decision if presented with the opportunity to engage in risky behavior.
The Century Council’s Ask Listen Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, provides youth ages 9- 14 and their parents with information about the dangers of underage drinking.
The program provides parents with information and practical tips on how to talk to adolescents about alcohol. It also enables kids to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking.
It’s important to start the conversations with kids at an early stage, and talk about underage drinking as often as possible, and not just limit it to “one big conversation”. As a parent, teacher, counselor or caregiver, make sure you are involved!
For more information and additional resources, please visit www.asklistenlearn.com.