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Practical ways of delaying the consumption of alcohol by teenagers
Make sure you are informed about alcohol and you can discuss it in a balanced and constructive way.
• Talk and listen to your teenager.
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Have family rules, discuss them with all members and be clear about what is allowed and what is not as well as the consequences for breaking the rules and enforce them.
If your child is going to a party, take him there and pick him up. Discuss with the host parents about supervision and their plans.
Be careful where you leave alcohol in the house.
Know how much you have and check it regularly. If you are away for the night, it is unfair to your children to leave them in a situation where they have access to alcohol.
Supervise parties in your house and always serve food. Make sure there is supervision from adults in parties held in other houses.
Understand the pressure they are facing from peers and the fact that they want to fit in with children of the same age.
Do not fly off the handle if you discover that they drink; discuss it with them and explain the risks they are taking.
 

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