Be The Example

Alcohol use is often portrayed as a regular feature of leisure activities, and children see ads and billboards not only reinforcing that concept but often targeting underage drinkers.

Children may also attend local or family events at which drinking alcohol is customary. In these ways, society tells children that alcohol use is accepted, expected and even essential to having a good time. As an adult, you play a vital role in influencing the children around you.

"I wondered why somebody didn't do something, then I realized somebody was me."

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You serve as a role model on the use of alcohol, control the availability of alcohol in your home, and help set expectations concerning drinking behaviors.

A recent study shows that children whose parents are involved in their lives - hold regular conversations, attend after-school events and listen to their problems - are less likely to drink or smoke.


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