• 30% of 12-14 year old drinkers got the alcohol from an adult family member. 15% just took it from their home.
  • Store alcohol in a locked cabinet.
  • Teens with permissive parents drink more heavily than kids of non-permissive parents by a wide margin, 76% to 8%.
  • Some parents say that teens are bound to drink anyway, so they allow them to drink in their homes but take away the car keys. This does not keep them safe.
  • Parents are criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes.
  • If teens live with an alcoholic parent who is NOT in recovery, they are MORE likely to become alcoholic themselves. Boys are at higher risk than girls.
  • Teens with alcoholic parents who stop drinking before their children enter adolescence do NOT have an increased risk.
  • Having a parent who is a recovering alcoholic may be a protective factor in preventing teen substance use.
  • All parents should set a positive example by drinking responsibly.
  • Rule for healthy drinking is 0, 1, 3
  • 0: Zero drinking before driving
  • 1: Never more than one drink per hour
  • 3: Not more than three drinks per night
  • Childrens do not always understand the difference between having one or two drinks and being drunk.