Guidelines for using alcohol responsibly
- Limit your alcohol use in front of your child. Moderate alcohol consumption is one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.
- Don’t talk about or model drinking as a way to manage stress—for example, don’t say, “Today was terrible. I need some wine!” Instead, demonstrate healthier ways to manage stress, like exercising, talking things over with your partner, or speaking with a mental health professional.
- Don’t romanticize drinking stories from your youth. If you choose to share that you drank as a teen, be sure to add that it was a mistake and give examples of negative experiences that resulted from it.
- If hosting a party, provide alcohol-free alternatives and arrange for rides for guests who have been drinking.
- Never drive when you’re above the legal blood-alcohol limit or get into a vehicle with a driver who is impaired. Designate a sober driver if you plan to drink more than the legal limit for driving.
- Explain to your child why alcohol is for adults only. Let them know their brain will continue to develop well into their twenties, so a legal age of 21 helps protect their health.
- Use this Family Agreement Form on Avoiding Alcohol and Drugs to establish family rules about underage substance use.
- Check out these resources to learn more about modeling responsible alcohol use for your child and parenting to avoid childhood alcohol use.
Raised in a family that misused alcohol and drugs, Danielle is taking steps to create a healthy lifestyle for herself and her son. Watch her message.