Peers: How Do I Fit In?

Father with son playing baseball with text: Keep showing up, They're Still Growing Up

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.

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.

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