Talking with your child about how to avoid drinking underage puts LOVE INTO ACTION

Talking with your child about how to avoid drinking underage puts LOVE INTO ACTION.

Keep Showing Up, They're Still Growing Up

Show your child there’s no wrong time to talk. Checking in and communicating is a way to show you care about their health and love them.

  • Build your child’s skills for refusing a drink if offered. It takes time. Take time to talk often instead of saving it all up.
  • Having a plan and knowing what to say in any situation can ease anxiety. Spend time going over a plan before it even has a chance to happen.
  • Not drinking alcohol underage is part of a bigger picture of healthy child development.

Parents show love to children in many ways. Building up their confidence and skills to say no to underage drinking is important in teaching them to advocate for themselves.

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.

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ALCOHOL MAKES YOU MORE LIKELY TO LOSE YOUR COOL AND HARM YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Alcohol Makes You More Likely To Lose Your Cool And Harm Yourself And Others

NOT MISSING THE MOMENT

Learn more about some of the risky behaviors linked to underage drinking.

  • Increased risks of physical and sexual violence.
  • Fighting others.
  • Drinking and driving.
  • Ditching or dropping out of school.

YOUR BEST SELF IN EVERY MOMENT IS ALCOHOL-FREE.

SOURCE: cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm

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.

 

Own Your Choice Not To Drink Alcohol

Own Your Choice Not To Drink Alcohol

Not Missing the Moment

Did you know that most Illinois high schoolers don’t think underage drinking is cool? Most teens also don’t drink alcohol.

Deciding not to drink is something to be proud of! It’s a choice you won’t regret, and it helps keep your developing brain and body healthy.

If you’ve already tried drinking, it’s not too late to make different choices that set you up for success. If you or someone you know is struggling with using alcohol, find a trusted adult to talk with – like a parent, guidance counselor, or coach.

UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS:

  • November 2009: Obama won the election and became the first African American U.S. president.
  • February 2015: Apple introduced racially diverse emojis.
  • May 2020: SpaceX became the first private space company to deliver NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

Make the Healthy Choice and Live Your Moments Alcohol-Free.

Make sure your child knows you have their back and support their choice NOT to drink alcohol underage.

Source: 2018 Youth Survey

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.

 

Having A Talk With Your Child About Not Using Alcohol

Having A Talk With Your Child About Not Using Alcohol

Keep Showing Up. They're still growing up

HAVING A “TALK” with a child can seem like a big task. That’s why it’s important to talk with them about not using alcohol underage before it becomes a big event.

Try not to make the topic bigger in your mind than it is, whether you plan on a one-on-one conversation or a family discussion. No way is wrong.

Your child should know you do not approve of them drinking alcohol underage and if they did drink, they would likely be caught. Setting rules for your family is just one way you take care of them every day.

Rules to think about:

  • No drinking alcohol until age 21.
  • Do not stay at teen parties where alcohol is present.
  • When they arrive home from being out with friends, let them know you want a hug and hello before they head to their rooms.
  • Older siblings do not encourage younger ones to drink and do not provide alcohol to anyone – including family.
  • Do not ride in a car with a driver (of any age!) who has been drinking.

Make the Healthy Choice and Live Your Moments Alcohol-Free.

Make sure your child knows you have their back and support their choice NOT to drink alcohol underage.

Source: https://bit.ly/3MSQ5aZ

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.

 

Most Illinois High Schoolers Think Underage Drinking Is Wrong

Most Illinois High Schoolers Think Underage Drinking Is Wrong

Keep showing up, They're still growing up

While Everyone May Have Their Own Reason For Thinking Underage drinking is wrong. Most teens agree that underage Drinking Isn’t the right move.

Here are just a few of the risks that make it wrong:

  • Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal and could mean legal consequences.
  • Drinking underage puts your developing brain at extreme risk for short and long-term damage.
  • Drinking underage increases the risk of suicide and homicide.

Make the Healthy Choice and Live Your Moments Alcohol-Free.

Make sure your child knows you have their back and support their choice NOT to drink alcohol underage.

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.

 

Red Ribbon Inspires Our Kids To Be Drug Free!

Red Ribbon Week Inspires Our Kids To Be Drug Free!

Red Ribbon Week

Join us this week 10/23-10/31 in our MISSION to help keep kids drug-free.

Red ribbon week is the nation’s largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. Last week the WCSAPC had the students at Homer Jr. High School write on red ribbons why they choose to remain drug free. The ribbons are now placed in the Will County Sheriff Office.

About the Red Ribbon Campaign

For more information about the campaign visit:
redribbon.org

Student’s Reasons To Be Drug Free!

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