Preventing Underage Drinking

Keys to Preventing Underage Drinking
Posted on 01/27/2020
The Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) is educating and encouraging parents and other caring adults to have alcohol conversations with their teens to discourage underage drinking and impaired driving. 

Children inherit their parents' drinking behaviors and attitudes towards drinking. Parents who drink and drive contribute to youth engaging in illegal drinking behaviors with all the accompanying negative consequences.

Parental permissiveness sends your child mixed messages and is consistently associated with negative drinking consequences as youth transition to college and adulthood. 

Drink in moderation around children or better yet, not at all, and NEVER drive when you've been drinking. 

Plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver if you plan on drinking at parties or family outings, and be aware of where you keep your alcohol.

Monitor the alcohol you have in your house, dispose of unused medications, and make it clear that alcohol and drugs are off-limits in your house or their friends’ houses.

Talk “early and often” with your children about drugs and alcohol, and also remember, “What you do is just as important as what you say.” 

Our children inherit our drinking and drug use behaviors and attitudes – good or bad. We’ve got to drop our mixed messages and be very clear that illegal drug use will not be tolerated.

For more information and resources, click here for the VAHPERD website
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