Be Aware of Factors That May Increase the Risk of a Child’s Alcohol Use, Including:

  • Significant social transitions such as graduating to middle or high school or getting a driver’s license;
  • A history of social and emotional problems;
  • Depression and other serious emotional problems;
  • A family history of alcoholism; and
  • Contact with peers involved in troubling activities.

Be a Positive Adult Role Model.

  • Stay away from alcohol in high-risk situations. For example, do not operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol.
  • Get help if you think you have an alcohol-related problem.
  • Do not give alcohol to your children. Tell them that any alcohol in your home is off limits to them and to their friends.

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