APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

Talk early, talk often: Parents can make a difference in teen alcohol use

FACTS

  • Alcohol is the primary factor in the four leading causes of  death for young people
  • Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States
  • Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are 4x more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin after age 21
  • The typical teen will see 100,000 beer commercials before turning 18

ON THE FLIP SIDE…

  • A supportive family environment is associated with lower rates of alcohol use for adolescents
  • Consistent and sustained parental attitudes can influence a child’s decision about whether or not to use alcohol and drugs
  • Kids who have conversations with their parents and learn about the dangers of alcohol and drugs are 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs than those who don’t
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