Friday, April 3, 2015

How Young Is Too Young To Talk About Underage Drinking?

The Washington Post, April 2, 2015

"Think 8 is too young to start talking to kids about alcohol? It’s not and please don’t make the mistake of thinking it is, said Colleen Sheehey-Church, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She wishes she had talked to her son earlier.

In a new survey released by MADD and Nationwide Insurance, about one-third of parents start talking about alcohol when their children are 14 to 18 years old, already in high school. But in fact, about 30 percent of 8th graders have already tried alcohol. Kids start to develop perceptions about alcohol as young as 2nd and 3rd grades, and so that’s the time to start having the conversations.

Sheehey-Church’s son, Dustin, died in 2004 when he was 18 as a result of riding in a car with a friend who was drunk and drugged. The teens were out to get pizza when the car hit an embankment and landed in a river. Dustin drowned trying to get out of the car." Read More.

Click here for information and tips on how to prevent your child from underage drinking.

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