Ahh, summer. Corn on the cob, hotdogs, icy-cold beverages. For many people, summer and alcohol go hand in hand. Lets make sure our youth are not included in that category.
By now, many of us have seen the viral " Summer Bucket List 2017" made by a teen and lost in an Urban Outfitters bathroom. For adults and prevention practitioners, some of the items, like " stargaze", "go on a picnic" and " get a little tan", sound like things we might want to add to our own summer bucket list. However, other items are alarming or downright scary. " Get drunk all the time" is one of a handful of items that are checked off.
Could this be true for your teen? According to SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,, many adolescents start using alcohol for the first time during the summer months: "Every day in the month of July, an average 11,600 young people take their first drink". Teen drinking peaks in the months of June and July, with December also sticking out as a month of concern.
To ensure that your teen doesn't start using alcohol this summer, or just to be on the safe side with younger children, check out this article with prevention tips from the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Above all, remember that talking to your child can have a big impact: parental disapproval is the number one reason youth choose not to drink!
If you're interested in positive activities for your child to participate in this summer, check out our Resource Directory under " Youth Engagement and Alternative Activities". We hope you and your family have a safe, healthy summer!