Remain drug-Free

Remain drug-Free

How parents can help their children remain DRUG-FREE:

1 - Explain the risks

Learn and explain the risks of underage drinking. Emphasize that drinking alcohol is not a "rite of passage" but a dangerous drug for a teen brain.

2 - Talk early and often

In Illinois, surveys indicate some kids binge drink in the sixth grade, and a few start even earlier.

3 - Set clear rules

Set clear rules about no alcohol use. Be specific: "Absolutely no underage drinking in our family."

4 - Know your children's friends

Get to know your children's friends and their parents. Help them choose friends who support your family rules.

5 - Monitor children's activities

Always know where your children are, whom they are with and what they are doing. For example: "If alcohol is at a party, call me and I'll come and get you."

6 - Make alcohol unavailable

Ensure that alcohol is not available to your child at home or from others when your child is away. Provide an alcohol free place for your teen and his or her friends to hang out.

7 - Be involved

Develop close bonding experiences and have daily positive interactions with your child. Express love often.

8 - Stay in contact

Studies show children are more likely to drink between the hours of 3:00-6:00 pm, when unsupervised by parents. Give your kids a call.

9 - Eat dinner together

Studies show that kids who eat dinner with their family 5-7 times per week are 33 percent less likely to drink alcohol underage.

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