There are many reasons why your teenager would turn to
alcohol; to fit in, satisfy curiosity, or to feel grown up. But it's important
for you to explain to them why they shouldn't.
"Talk more about why. You can talk about the laws. There are certain things in society you can do at a young age and certain things you shouldn't," said Holly Arnold with the NDSU Extension service.
The earlier you start talking with them, the better.
"You don't want to talk about alcohol and substances when you think there is a problem. Let your children know the values in your home," said Arnold.
"I start young. I just told my 12 year old already," said Jennifer Benson, mother of three.
Rather than preach, present them with information.
"If you choose to do this, make an informed decision. I want you to make the decision based on factual information. It's out there and it's early. If we don't give them the tools, when it does come up they might not handle it as well," said Arnold.
"I think I was too preachy with my oldest. But with my youngest I'm more open and honest," said Benson.
"Will they always make the right decision? No they won't. You can give them honest information. They know your values, they know your expectations," said Arnold.
Just let them know you're always there for them.