Informed, involved and caring parents make the difference.

7 Tips for talking to teens about alcohol

7 Tips Talking to Teens Sometimes the toughest thing to do is to start conversation about alcohol started with your teens. You may be anxious and they are “adolescents,” that stage in human development where we seek independence from parents and start to make decisions based on the influence of our peers.

7 Tips, Talking about Alcohol helps to set the stage and break the ice for this important family conversation.

Research shows again and again that parents are the single most important influence in a child's decision to use alcohol and drugs. We hope you'll check out the following valuable resources that you can use everyday to ensure your child avoids the devastating effects underage drinking and substance abuse.

If you need professional assistance to deal with an alcohol or drug use problem in your family, please check out our Community Resources.

Parental influence is the most important factor in helping keep teens safe. That's why MADD launched the Power of Parents, It's Your Influence® program. The goal of this program is to educate parents about the dangers of underage drinking and give them the tools they need to start talking with their kids about alcohol. If you'd like to attend a Power of Parents training, we can bring a trainer to Tiverton. If interested, please send us an e-mail.

MADD — The Power of Parents

Time to Talk® offers a free "Talk Kit" that will help you begin talking with your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol;know exactly what to say; and answer the tough question, "Did you do drugs?" You'll also find tips for caring adults involved with kids and a practical, one-sheet guide to the drug and alcohol scene. Time to Talk

Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking takes place at state and local levels, concentrating on celebratory times for youth, such as homecoming, holidays, prom, graduation and other times when underage drinking parties are prevalent. This campaign encourages parents and the entirecommunity to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable. Parents Who Host Lose the Most