Q. A group
of high-school and college kids I know are drinking a lot.
Their parents know they drink but don't think they drink very
much. What is too much?
A. Any amount
is too much if they are under 21 which is the legal drinking
age. In fact, 11.4% of all alcohol sold in the U.S. is consumed
by underage drinkers! We have to do a better job of enforcing
the laws we have. Start at home with your own kids by reminding
them regularly of your family rules that include obeying the
law and maintaining their safety by not drinking. Influence
your community at any level you feel comfortable. You can
start with your children's friends' parents. Or at a grade-level
meeting at your school. Parents feel more confident if their
peers are promoting the same expectations.
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