Many parents turn to professionals thinking that when their teen hears about the dangers of drug use from someone else, they will be swayed, but the truth is that usually, it's the parents' behavior that have much more impact on a teen's behavior.
Just as we are accountable for being sure our kids are fed and housed and stay out of the street, just as we are accountable for making sure they get an education and get the medical care they need, we should be accountable for teaching them how to responsibly use alcohol.
As a community the issue of drug and alcohol use and abuse in teenagers and families is an epidemic crisis. We know that early education, prevention, intervention and treatment can change families' futures forever. Our mission is to raise this awareness.
While drinking is one of the typical risks teens take, don't treat it lightly. And remember, knowing your kid and having open communication are two of the best ways to head off serious trouble, including alcohol abuse.