According to data from monitoringthefuture.org, 30-day prevalence of alcohol use amongst 8th, 10th, and 12th graders was 8.2%, 18.6%, and 30.2% respectively (national statistics). Most teens DO NOT drink alcohol.
Be aware of factors that may increase the risk of teen alcohol use, such as significant social transitions (graduating to middle or high school, getting a driver’s license), a history of conduct problems, depression and other serious emotional problems, contact with peers involved in deviant activities, and a family history of alcoholism.
Be a positive role model. If you drink yourself, drink responsibly. NEVER give alcohol to your teens. Tell them that any alcohol in your home is off limits to them and to their friends. If you think that you may have an alcohol-related problem, get help for it. Remind teens that most teens do not drink alcohol.
Be involved in your teens’ lives. Know where your teens are, what they are doing, who they are with, and who their friends are. Don’t let your teens attend parties where alcohol is served.
Set clear rules, including consequences about alcohol use. Enforce the rules that you set. Remind teens that even one violation for underage alcohol use can result in being suspended from teams and clubs, and affect their future career goals as well as their health and development.
Support efforts in the community to prevent drug and alcohol use, and have frequent discussions with your children about these safety topics. Report individuals to the police immediately who you believe may be in danger due to drug or alcohol use and make sure that their parents are made aware as well.