We can’t turn a blind eye to the costs of underage drinking in North Carolina. Not just the dollars and cents, but the lives lost to drunk driving, the crimes committed under the influence, the short- and long-term damage to growing brains — all of the physical, social and emotional damage that can weigh down tweens and teenagers for the rest of their lives.
Fortunately, there are proven methods every family can use to educate, to set boundaries, and to create the kinds of relationships that keep middle school kids from turning to alcohol in the first place. It’s up to each of us to talk to our kids. And all of us to say enough is enough.
Average age children in North Carolina take their first drink 1
NC middle schoolers say if parents spoke more often to their children about underage drinking, it would help stop the problem. 2
Percentage of North Carolina students who say underage drinking is a problem. 3