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Consequences of Alcohol in the Adolescent Brain

Most of us remember how exciting everything felt when we were young. Adolescents love to experiment, try new ideas and seek out new ways of doing things. In a healthy environment, these are great ways to learn, grow and develop. But when young people add alcohol to their natural drive for adventure, the results can […]

Teenage Alcohol Use: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Here are two sobering facts about teenage drinking: People age 12-20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed 90% of alcohol consumed by teens involves binge drinking So, what do parents do if they suspect their underage child is using alcohol? Talk It Out’s community education and outreach program helps parents give their kids a way […]

How to Handle Teen Drinking

Empty bottles or cans under their bed. Bloodshot eyes. Slurred speech. Does your teenager exhibit one or more of these classic symptoms of alcohol use? Have you caught them drinking? What’s your response? And how do you parent with love when your teenager has clearly disobeyed the law, and your family’s rules? It’s never too […]

How to Raise Responsible Children

Florida mom Tina Nelson* discovered her 17-year-old son drank alcohol underage with a friend while Tina and her husband were out of town. They confronted him and he reluctantly admitted it, in the face of undeniable evidence. “Since he lost our trust, he got to go with us every weekend for the next two months!” […]

Underage Holiday Drinking: Operation ‘Holiday-Party Parenting’

N.C. Launches Campaign to Warn Families about Liability/Risks for Underage Holiday Drinking Holiday festivities are a time North Carolina families celebrate the season and the new year ahead. But if kids get a hold of alcohol, they can damage their brains, and parents could face criminal liability. That’s why Talk it Out NC, a state-sponsored […]

New Statewide Contest Encourages Families to Take the Pledge To Prevent Underage Drinking 

Talk It Out Launches Contest to Inspire Action  More teens die as a result of alcohol use than all illicit drugs combined. Talk It Out, a statewide initiative to reduce underage drinking, is working hard to prevent this tragedy by encouraging parents/caregivers and teens to Take the Pledge to Talk It Out. To spark these crucial conversations, Talk It Out created the #WeTookThePledge contest to encourage both parents and teens to Take the Pledge to […]

NCRLA Offers Free Responsible Alcohol Service Training During Alcohol Awareness Month

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association has partnered with the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking, Talk it Out NC, to offer complimentary online responsible alcohol service training to hospitality industry employees across the state. “Every day, servers on the front line make crucial decisions that […]

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

RALEIGH: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Alcohol Awareness Month, urging parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of alcohol. Research shows that 94% of North Carolina students believe underage drinking is a problem, and eight in 10 middle schoolers think hearing more from their parents about alcohol use would help. “Underage drinking […]

Statewide campaign launches new ads in fight against underage drinking

With new Talk It Out phase comes new direction, new message, new resources for parents CHAPEL HILL, NC—August 31, 2017: The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (NC ABC Commission) today launched the fourth phase of its Talk It Out campaign, the statewide multimedia effort designed to raise awareness of underage drinking prevention and empower […]