It is never too early to start discussing alcohol, tobacco and other drugs with your children. It is during their early years that attitudes are developed and decision-making skills are learned.
It is also never too soon for parents to begin to educate themselves about the perils of alcohol and other drug use. Consider:
- More young people drink alcohol than use other drugs or smoke tobacco
- Underage drinking costs the nation an estimated $53 billion annually in losses from traffic fatalities and violent crime
What can we do? How can we help ourselves? Read the booklet. Take the e-learning course.
“The Community of Concern booklet was directly responsible for helping my daughter and her friends. She and her friends were planning a beer bash. I found out about it and the booklet gave me the strength, courage and direction I needed to do what I knew was right. I called the other kids’ parents. Thank you for helping us, as parents, feel connected and not so alone”.
Parent, Walt Whitman Public High School
“The Community of Concern booklets were distributed in October by our high school. A few months later I got a call from another parent telling me that my son, a 14-year-old freshman, had been drinking at a party. Because we had read the booklet, we understood that it is extremely difficult for one parent to call another parent with bad news but that it is in the best interest of the kids. We were actually able to thank the parent who called us. We spoke to our son, calmly. We knew from reading the booklet that parents’ disapproval of alcohol use is the KEY reason kids choose not to drink. We told our son the consequences he faced because of his bad decision. We also told him that each time he went out with friends, when he came home we would breathalyze him, ask him whom he had been with and keep a record. Our son’s reaction startled us. “Thank you Mom and Dad. That will make it so much easier for me to say “No”. We drove him to college this weekend- a healthy, productive young adult. Thank you for the guidance you provided through the booklet.”
Parent, Landon School