Moments to be True to Yourself

Moments to be True to Yourself

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Not drinking gives you a chance to be the real you.

The real you is cool and capable. Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, changing how you normally think, feel, and act. These changes can lead to risky behavior, like impaired driving, fighting, or skipping school.

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The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Not only do underage drinkers put themselves in danger, but they also put others in jeopardy if they get behind the wheel or exhibit violent behavior.

Learn more about binge drinking, social hosting and alcohol use disorders in teens.

 

How Do I Fit In?

Peers: How Do I Fit In?

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Many pre-teens and teens feel the need to fit in with their peers and be part of a group. Some might even perceive that alcohol is a part of that scene.

In your continuing conversations, stress that alcohol use can be problematic, and you do not allow it. Show your interest in their social lives, friends, and keeping them healthy.

  • Alcohol can lead to risky situations your children might not get into if they hadn’t been drinking.
  • Alcohol changes behaviors. It can ruin relationships, reputations, and overall well-being.
  • Teens are strong enough to show the world around them who they really are without being under the influence of alcohol. Teen life is full of ups and downs, don’t let alcohol ride the rollercoaster, too.

Source:
https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/make-a-difference-child-alcohol
Funded in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

Talking to Your Kids

Starting the Discussion About Drug and Alcohol Use with Your Kids

Parents face a tough dilemma about substance use: we may want our children to abstain from alcohol and drug use but what do we do if they are not? Besides the effects of substance use on the developing brain, teens using substances may face very serious consequences.

Learn More.

 

Moments to be a good friend

Moments to be a Good Friend

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Don’t let alcohol get in the way of your friendships.

Research shows alcohol can lead to relationship problems and fighting. Plus, most Illinois teens report that their friends feel it’s wrong for them to drink.

Keep your friendships strong by not drinking and showing up for those you care about. Remind your friends that they don’t need alcohol to be cool. If you know someone struggling with alcohol use, talk with a trusted adult.

Other friend hacks:

1 – Show gratitude for your friends.

2 – Be a good listener.

3 – Plan activities you both like.

 

Peers: How Do I Fit In?

Peers: How Do I Fit In?

Father talking to son, Keep showing up, they're still growing up

Many pre-teens and teens feel pressure to fit in with their peers and be part of a group.

Youth might perceive that alcohol is part of that scene or use could be expected of them. Parents know there is enough drama and emotion throughout adolescence without alcohol getting into the mix!

In your continuing conversations, keep sending the message that drinking alcohol underage is illegal, and you expect them not to drink. Give a voice to your expectations. You don’t have to cover everything about the topic at once; it’s better as an ongoing dialogue than a one-time talk.

Alcohol can cause embarrassing situations they would not otherwise get into. Friends and other relationships, like being a teammate, are important during the teen and pre teen years. Alcohol can change behaviors, ruining relationships and reputations.

With your support and encouragement, each teen has their “why” they choose not to drink alcohol. Teens are trying to express themselves in unique and creative ways. Help let their light shine and find their “why.”

Talking to Your Kids

Starting the Discussion About Drug and Alcohol Use with Your Kids

Parents face a tough dilemma about substance use: we may want our children to abstain from alcohol and drug use but what do we do if they are not? Besides the effects of substance use on the developing brain, teens using substances may face very serious consequences.

Learn More.