How Parents Have An Influence on Teen Drinking Habits

According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than half of high school students who drink alcohol get alcohol from their parents or other family members. Although underage drinking is a growing problem among youth, many teens believe that their biggest influencers on their decision to drink or not are their parents.

Oftentimes parents are oblivious to the fact that their teens binge drink – one out of five teens binge drink but only one out of one hundred parents believe their teen does so.

Also, some parents don’t know how to approach underage drinking situations – taking an authoritarian style of parenting may cause for an inability to influence teens and a hands-off approach may enable teens to drink more away from their parents supervision.

Recently, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has collaborated with Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. Robert Turrisi to create a handbook called Power of Parents. The handbook includes proven tips on how parents can talk to teens about alcohol in a “productive, positive way.” This handbook can help  lower teen drinking behaviors by 30 percent.

To read the full article along with Turrisi’s tips on talking to teens about alcohol, click here.


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