Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol
The Chance That Children Will Use Alcohol Increases as They Get Older.
About 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol, but by age 15, that number
jumps to 50 percent. The sooner you talk to your children about alcohol, the greater
chance you have of influencing their decisions about drinking.
Parents Play a Critical Role in Children’s Decisions to Experiment With Alcohol.
Studies have shown that parents have a significant influence on young people’s
decisions about alcohol consumption especially when parents create supportive and
nurturing environments in which their children can make their own decisions.
In fact,more than 80 percent of children say parents are the leading influence in their decision to
drink or not.
The Conversation Is Often More Effective Before Children Start Drinking.
If you talk to your kids directly and honestly, they are more likely to respect your rules
and advice about alcohol use. When parents know about underage alcohol use, they
can protect their children from many of the high-risk behaviors associated with it.
Some Children May Try Alcohol as Early as 9 Years Old.