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Use this summer checklist to keep your Idaho teen alcohol-free!

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Use this summer checklist to keep your Idaho teen alcohol-free!

Use this summer checklist to keep your Idaho teen alcohol-free!

Studies show that summer months—specifically June and July—are the peak times for kids to use alcohol for the first time.(1) With teens and tweens home alone for long stretches, it’s only normal for their natural curiosity about alcohol to kick in.

No matter the cause—boredom, peer pressure—underage drinking is hurting our children. Kids who drink can suffer both short- and long-term effects, ranging from accidental injury to unplanned sexual activity to death from alcohol poisoning or alcohol-related crashes. Those who begin drinking before age 15 are more likely to develop a dependence on alcohol than those who wait until later in life.(2)

If you think your child wouldn’t drink, think again! One out of 3 Idaho kids who drink say their parents have no idea. It doesn’t mean they’re bad; it just means it’s time to get more involved.

So what can you do this summer to keep your Idaho teen alcohol-free? Use this checklist to make sure you cover the basics!

Checklist for keeping Idaho teen alcohol-free this summer

 

You can download the checklist as a PDF here.

References

1. http://archive.samhsa.gov/data/2k12/nsduh080/sr080initiationsubstanceuse2012.pdf
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44364/#A90995

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