For many parents, bringing up the subject of alcohol is no easy matter. Your teen may try to dodge the discussion, and you yourself may feel unsure about how to go about it.
To make the most of your conversation, take some time to think about the issues you want to discuss before you talk with your teen. Also consider how they might react and ways you can respond to your teen’s questions and feelings. Then choose a time to talk when both you and your teen have some “down time” and are feeling relaxed.
You don’t need to cover everything at once. In fact, you’re likely to have a greater impact on your teenager’s decisions about drinking by having a number of talks about alcohol use throughout their adolescence. Think of this talk with your teenager as the first part of an ongoing conversation. And remember, do make it a conversation, not a lecture! You might begin by finding out what your teen thinks about alcohol and drinking.
While conversations about not drinking are important, talking to your teenager isn’t enough. Taking concrete action to help your teenager resist alcohol is essential. Research strongly shows that active and supportive involvement by parents and guardians can help teens avoid underage drinking and prevent later alcohol misuse.
If you would like more information and tips to help you talk with your teen about alcohol, please visit our Time to Talk website: http://www.timetotalk.org.au/.
Or to get the facts about alcohol, please visit our Act on Alcohol website at: http://actonalcohol.org.au/facts/.