Fact sheet - talking about it
Fact sheet - talking about it (PDF 1329 KB)
Young people need the support of parents, family and the community. Let them know that you are there for them.
How do I talk to my kids and grandkids about alcohol?Young people are usually more concerned about immediate social consequences of drinking too much, where they may find themselves in situations that they regret or bring shame.
When talking to your kids and grandkids -
- Be open, honest and encourage them to talk about their thoughts and opinions
- Choose an appropriate time and place to talk
- Bring the topic up informally, you may want to do it when they are alone
- Talk to them about your concerns with drinking too much
- Avoid scare tactics or being too negative
- Let them know that you are here for them when they need you
What about peer pressure?Young people are usually faced with peer pressure, which can make them feel vulnerable. You can help them develop confidence in dealing with things like peer pressure.
- Help them say 'no' to alcohol if they don't feel comfortable.
- Encourage them to look out for themselves and for their friends and family.
- Talk about what they can do if a friend or family member has been drinking too much.
- Discuss the dangers of drink spiking and how they can protect themselves.
- Let them know how important it is not to get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. Talk about alternatives, like staying at a friend's house or getting a lift from someone else.