Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by teens. The dangers are real, ranging from lower academic performance to alcohol poisoning and even fatality. The developing teenage brain is especially vulnerable to issues stemming from alcohol use since the brain is still developing into the mid-twenties. Research shows that 65% of teens say that they receive their alcohol from family and friends. As a community, we have a responsibility as parents and neighbors to eliminate underage drinking.
Prevent underage drinking at home by:
- Hosting only alcohol-free parties for them.
- Not allowing your child(ren), younger family members or their friends to possess or consume alcohol on your property.
- Preventing your child(ren) or younger family members from attending unsupervised parties where alcohol may be available.
- Talking to your child(ren) about the dangers of underage drinking, and communicating a strong disapproval message.
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