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How to start talking to your teen about alcohol

How to start talking to your teen about alcohol

You know that it is important to talk to your teen about alcohol. You recognize that they need to hear this conversation from you. But how do you start the conversation? Use the tips below as you begin this conversation. 

  • Plan out what you want to cover ahead of time.
    • Create a short bullet-point list of information that you want to discuss. You can even utilize some of the video resources located on our website. You do not need a script, but a short list will ensure that you can stay on track with conversation.
  • Find a good time to talk.
    • Pick a place that you and your teen are comfortable. Maybe take your teen out to a quiet coffee shop or sit outside on the patio at home. Avoid busy days where your teen may be distracted by other things; instead, choose a time you both have flexibility.
  • Don’t try to cover everything at once.
    • This should not be the only conversation you have about alcohol with your teen. Make this the first of many. As you start the conversation, remember that this is the first time that you have formally introduced the topic. There will be time in the future to cover everything else.
  • Don’t list off facts and information to your teen without waiting for any feedback from him or her.
    • Give your teen time to be able to share their opinions as well. Don’t leave this as a one-way conversation or it will not be as beneficial as it could be.
  • Do not share information designed only to scare your teen – with no statistics to back them up.
    • Your teen is smart. They will recognize if you are making information up just to make a stronger point. Come prepared into the conversation with some real evidence or stories you could share.
  • Take your time with this conversation.
    • This is not a conversation that you want to rush. Do not try to cram everything into a small window of time.