April is Alcohol Awareness Month and I’ve teamed up with the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to spread the word about a new resource for underage drinking prevention and encourage parents to talk to their children early and often about the dangers of alcohol. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. Research shows that 40% of kids have tried alcohol by the time they reach 8th grade and those who first use alcohol before age 15 are six times more likely to have alcohol problems than those who start drinking after 21!
Starting a conversation about underage drinking with your children can be difficult. Underagedrinking.samhsa.gov is a new site that provides tips as well as an action plan which parents can personalize to help get the discussion started and share the information with other influencers.
I grew up watching people very close to me drinking a lot. At least as a child I perceived it as a lot, because I saw the effects and had a strong head on my shoulder, I never wanted to drink. Now, I don’t want to drink in front of my children because I don’t want them to see what I saw. Taking to my children will be another big step I will take in the future Have you talked to your kids about underage drinking? What age do you think is the right age to start talking to them? Right before they go to middle school? If you have talked to them, what was your experience like? If not, when will you talk to your children and how will you do it? Please share your experiences or thoughts in the comments section below!
I would love to have a conversation about this with you guys.