ERIC Number: ED466901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child about Alcohol.
National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
This guide presents suggestions for talking about alcohol for parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. The guide asserts that the best way to influence your child to avoid drinking is to have a strong, trusting relationship with him or her. Research shows that teens are much more likely to delay drinking when they feel they have a close, supportive tie with a parent or guardian. To this end, tips for communicating with your teen are discussed. Suggested topics for talking with your teen about alcohol include: your childs views about alcohol; important facts about alcohol; good reasons not to drink; and how to handle peer pressure. Research strongly shows that active, supportive involvement by parents and guardians can help teens avoid underage drinking and prevent later alcohol misuse. The following prevention strategies for parents are suggested: monitor alcohol use in your home; connect with other parents; keep track of your childs activities; develop family rules about teen drinking; set a good example; dont support teen drinking; help your child build healthy friendships; and encourage healthy alternatives to alcohol. This guide also includes potential warning signs of a drinking problem and an action checklist. (GCP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Adolescents, Alcohol Education, Drinking, Intermediate Grades, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Materials, Peer Influence
For full text: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/children.pdf
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
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