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How can I protect my children from binge drinking?

Parents, you have the ability to sway whether or not your teen drinks. By setting rules and expectations against drinking and consistently enforcing those rules you can deter your teen's likelihood of underage drinking. If you have alcohol in your house, keep it locked up or know how much is in the containers. Yes, take inventory. Make sure your teen knows that it is off limits, no ifs, ands, or buts. Most importantly, supervise your teen. Sure, you may feel like you have more control in your house than someone else's, but it's important to know the four essential questions when your teen goes out: where, what, who, and when.

The Four Essential Questions:

  1. Where are you going?
  2. What are you going to be doing?
  3. Who are you going to be with?
  4. When will you be home?

 

     

    Discussing the dangers of binge drinking, and alcohol in general, can help protect your child. Children are not as likely to drink alcohol if they have talked about the subject as part of a strong relationship with their parents. Providing a good role model is another way to help protect your child from binge drinking.

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