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Parents are in a prime position to reduce underage and youth binge drinking. Parents can set an example, talk with youth, and monitor youth activities. Studies show parental disapproval the number one reason children and teens choose not to drink. Parents empowered can trump peer pressure!

Making the Case: Parents

Why partner to reduce underage and youth binge drinking?

  • Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice among children and adolescents; they use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs, combined. [National Survey on Drug Use and Health] Cobb County students binge drink at a friend’s house on the weekend more than other students in the state. [Georgia Student Health Survey]
  • Alcohol harms and kills more youth than all illegal drugs, combined. For American youth under age 21; alcohol contributes to the top three causes of preventable death (murder, suicide, car crashes) and to preventable injuries from burns, drowning, assaults, STDs, and addiction. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
  • Too many consider underage and youth binge drinking a rite of passage to adulthood.Significant research has identified this adult belief and the belief that there is nothing adults can do to change youth drinking behaviors as contributing factors. Research also provides evidence of effectiveness for strategies that can be implemented by parents/adults. [U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action]
  • Parents dramatically underestimate teenage binge drinking. 33 percent of teens binged in the past month and 3 percent of parents believed their own teen binged in the past month. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Read the full Case Statement for Parents. (Spanish)

Underage Drinking in Georgia
The Facts

Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, and need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence.

Learn more about the cost of Underage Drinking in Georgia

Why should parents care about his problem?
  • Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice among children and adolescents; they use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs, combined. [National Survey on Drug Use and Health]
  • Cobb County students report binge drinking at a friend’s house on the weekend. [Georgia Student Health Survey]
  • Alcohol harms and kills more youth than all illegal drugs, combined. For American youth; alcohol contributes to the top three causes of preventable death (murder, suicide, car crashes) and to preventable injuries from burns, drowning, assaults, STDs, and addiction.[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
How can parents help reduce underage and youth binge drinking?
  • Join Cobb Alcohol Taskforce and advocate for change. A cadre of community activists meets regularly and can provide valuable perspectives on a broad range of issues related to underage and youth binge drinking that may be of interest to you.
  • Know your child’s friends’ parents and set up a Parent Network.
  • Talk with other parents/adults to make sure that alcohol is not available at the events youth will attend and monitor your child’s activities.
  • Talk with and listen to your child regularly.
  • Provide a consistent family policy re: no teen drinking and set consequences you will carry out.
  • Check your children’s ID’s, make sure they don’t have fake ID’s.
  • Set a good example for responsible adult alcohol use, if you choose to drink.
What’s my liability if I host a party and teens bring in alcohol without my knowledge?
Do you have any tips for hosting safe parties and chaperoning teens?
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Parents CAN

  • Know your child’s friends’ parents and set up a Parent Network
  • Talk with other parents and adults to make sure that alcohol is not available at the events youth will attend and monitor your child’s activities
  • Talk with and listen to your child regularly
  • Provide a consistent family policy (ie: no teen drinking) and set consequences you will carry out
  • Check your children’s ID’s; make sure they don’t have fake ID’s
  • Set a good example for responsible adult alcohol use, if you choose to drink
  • Become a partner with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce
  • Join the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce as a volunteer or friend and subscribe to monthly e-news
  • Promote Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign

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