If your child is just starting high school, it’s important to talk to them about the dangers of drinking sooner rather than later.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, by the end of eighth grade nearly 50 percent of students have consumed alcohol. That number jumps to seventy-percent by the time those students graduate from high school.
To help get the conversation started, first ask your child what he or she knows about alcohol and why they believe people drink. Second, don’t react. Instead, act. Teens often believe they know more about alcohol than they really do. Finally, set firm rules and boundaries about not drinking.
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