Time-2-Talk About Underage Drinking

The first mailing in the campaign - Time-2-Talk About Underage Drinking - was mailed in December 2018 to remind parents that the research is clear - strong parental disapproval is the NUMBER ONE reason teens give for why they chose not to drink.  It is important to set clear expectations about alcohol, share your family values, explain the risks and establish a code word that your teen can text or say to you over the phone if they find themselves in a situation where they don't feel comfortable. Make an agreement in advance that no matter what, if they give you the code word, you will come to help - no questions asked.

Check out these helpful resources from BStrong Together as you prepare to talk with your children about alcohol and underage drinking:

  • To learn more about how to talk to your children of all ages about drugs and alcohol, click here.
  • Visit ou"What You Should Know" webpage for important information that parents should know about alcohol and underage drinking.
  • For tips to help parents keep their teens alcohol and drug-free, check out our "Top Ten Ways Parents Keep Their Teens Alcohol and Drug-Free" handout.
  • It can be hard for tweens and teens to say "no" to their friends and peers.  Being prepared and knowing strategies for how to handle the situation can help.  Click here for some refusal techniques that tweens and teens can use to say "no" to alcohol and drugs. 
  • For suggestions on how to get started talking about difficult subjects with children of all ages, check out our BStrong Together blog post "Talking With Kids About Difficult Topics."

Thank you to the Barrington Area United Way for their generous support of the Time-2-Talk campaign through a BAUW grant and their commitment to the health and well-being of Barrington area children and youth.

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