Yes, Parents Can Prevent Underage Drinking
Two recent studies confirm earlier research indicating that parents play an important role in stopping their underage kids from drinking alcohol. Keys include: Setting limits and making expectations known in a loving and supportive manner. Using a home-based program to educate both parents and teens about alcohol use prevention.
The CDC reports that about 1 in 6 young adults drank alcohol before the age of 13, and about the same percentage of high schoolers have binged on alcohol—defined as an episode of having 4 (for girls) or 5 (for boys) drinks. Currently, about one-third of all teens drink—down from about half 25 years ago.
Several factors influence underage drinking, such as whether or not parents monitor their teens, if the parents and teens have a good relationship, how often the parents drink, and if the parents think their teens are drinking alcohol. William D. Crano, a social psychologist at Claremont Graduate University in CA, says parents should, “encourage conversation with kids about issues that are important to them," including alcohol use. "You want to be the person to help them."
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