You might have noticed a shift in your child’s normal behavior that you can’t quite connect to their normal stresses or changing level of independence. Maybe it’s something about their appearance, speech, or behavior. Are their plans starting to sound vague? Do they seem more agitated when you ask for details? Do they act differently when arriving home? Even if you don’t find evidence there’s a problem, trust your gut and keep asking questions. Open communication, consistent monitoring, and clear boundaries can go a long way in preventing underage drinking.
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Reducing Youth Access to Alcohol
Starting the School Year: Reducing the Risk of Underage Drinking
Supporting Your Loved One in Treatment