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Q.� I have a 12-year old. He still seems like a little boy to me but I've watched the neighborhood children grow up so fast that I want to be prepared. How can I teach my son not to drink until he's old enough?

A. �Way to plan! There are several things you can do to increase the chances that your son will delay the onset of drinking until he's of legal age:�

  • Set a good example for your children regarding the use of alcohol.�
  • Encourage your children to talk with you about their problems and concerns.�
  • Get to know your children's friends and discuss ways your children can avoid drinking when they are feeling pressured by peers.�
  • Talk to other parents about ways to send a consistent, clear message that underage drinking is not acceptable behavior or a "rite of passage."�
  • Encourage your children to participate in supervised activities and events that are challenging, fun and alcohol free.�
  • Learn the warning signs that indicate your children may be drinking and act promptly to get help.� �
  • Make sure you're at home for all your children's parties and be sure those parties are alcohol free.

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