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Mother and teen son

Worried that your teen might drink? Talk to him or her.

Talk to teens about alcohol use

By Colleen Gengler, University of Minnesota Extension

April 4, 2007

Parents of teens typically worry if their adolescent is experimenting with alcohol--and with good cause. Recent studies show that approximately 75 percent of high school students have tried alcohol. More than 25 percent are binge drinkers.

It is vital that parents talk with their teen about not using alcohol. Telling teens "you'd better not drink" or "just say no" isn't helpful or effective. Instead, parents need to have open and honest conversations about alcohol use. Consider these tips for communicating with your teen: