Too many teens are drinking alcohol in East Texas. According to the Texas School Survey, more than 1 and 4 teens in East Texas reported having a drink within the past 30 days. Research tells us that one of the most effective ways to prevent your teens from drinking alcohol is for you to talk to them. Your kids really do hear you. Below are a few tips and conversation starters for you to use to talk to them about underage drinking.
You don’t have to cover everything in a single conversation. Keep it low-key. Many small conversations about underage drinking are better than one big one. Here are some conversation starters:
Teens who drink are more likely to: be victims of a serious crime, have issues with school work, enage in risky sexual behavior, and they are more likely to experience serious health issues such as anxiety and depression. Research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tells us that teens who begin drinking before the age of 15 are 50% more likely to become alcohol dependent as adults than their peers who don’t drink.