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Why Do Teens Drink Alcohol?

Why do teens drink alcohol? The answer may seem obvious, but there is a lot more that goes into the decision to drink underage than you may think. In addition to social factors such as peer pressure, there are also a host of other factors and circumstances that contribute to teenage drinking. Learn more about […]

Drinking and Driving: The Right Message for the Right Age

Talking to your kids about drinking and driving should start long before they ever get behind the wheel of a car. The goal should be to give kids the facts and educate them, so they’ll make the right choices as they get older. Your message will evolve as your child is growing up. When they’re […]

Legal Drinking Age: Is It Ever Legal for Minors to Drink?

“Just a sip.” How many parents have said this to their children? It might seem harmless, but there is a legal drinking age for a reason. Don’t let the temptation to be a “cool parent” lead you to make bad decisions when it comes to underage drinking. Allowing children to consume alcohol before they reach […]

Holiday Drinking: Is it Legal to Drink with your Parents?

The holidays are often a great opportunity to teach underage family members about responsible drinking behavior. That doesn’t mean it’s okay for parents to allow their kids to participate in holiday drinking at family gatherings. In fact, it’s not legal in North Carolina for parents to supervise their kids drinking alcohol — no matter the […]

Teaching Teens About Alcohol: How to Start the Conversation

Teaching teens about alcohol can be tough. There’s a lot to cover, and it’s important parents start the conversation early before it becomes a problem later. It’s often easier said than done. What can parents do to teach their teens about alcohol? How do they start the conversation? Keep kids engaged? We know it can […]

Teenage Alcohol Poisoning: 6 Symptoms that Require Help

It’s a friend’s or parent’s nightmare. What started as a fun event took a bad turn when alcohol became involved. In a scenario far too common with underage drinking, someone may have developed alcohol poisoning. Is it time to call a hospital? Notify their parents? Alcohol poisoning is a serious issue that impacts more people […]

Establishing a Path to Independence for Teens: How Parents Can Help

Parents hope to teach their children independence and responsibility. Kids don’t realize it, but their path to independence starts when they’re very young. They feel so mature when you let them pick out their clothes or help prepare dinner. In adolescence, choices become more complicated. Do you trust them to go to the movies without […]

Explaining Teen Blood Alcohol Concentration: A Visual Guide

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is a term that many teenagers are familiar with, but they may not know exactly what it means and how it impacts them. How much do teens really know about BAC, its effects, and what it means for their health and safety? Your teen may know that 0.08 is the legal […]

10 Tactics to Open Communication Pathways with Your Teen

Navigating the hairpin turns of the teenage years will be challenging for kids and parents. Your oldest may zoom through adolescence, deftly navigating every sharp curve, and make it through with barely a scratch. And just when you start to think you’ll breeze over the parenting finish line your next child throws a wrench in […]

Peer Pressure to Drink: How the Teen Brain Responds

Peer pressure is a powerful weapon in the fight against underage drinking — it can have either a positive or a negative impact. When teenagers encourage their friends to make good grades, to be nice to each other, or to avoid alcohol, that’s positive peer pressure. Alternatively, when teenagers encourage each other to misuse alcohol […]