Holiday Help for Parents

gift-1422193By Jacqueline Longo, Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership
The Governor’s Prevention Partnership

“The holiday season can pose a greater increase in underage drinking and other risky behaviors such as alcohol impaired driving and illegal drug use by our youth. Below are some tips to keep our youth safe during this festive time of the year. For additional material and for our full version of  ‘A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Underage Drinking’ please visit The Governor’s Prevention Partnership website at www.preventionworksct.org.

Make time to talk.
While the holiday season is a time for young people to meet up with old friends, it is also a time to connect with family. Talk to your teen about the risks of underage drinking and drug use, while encouraging him or her to spend quality time with both family and friends.

Don’t relax your rules just because it’s the holiday season.
Although it is the holiday season and most youth will have a break from school and after school activities, teen’s still need limits and close monitoring. Expectations may need to be re-negotiated or reiterated for college students returning home.” Read more

For more resources on talking with youth about prevention of underage drinking and substance abuse, click here.

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