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How can I talk to my teenage son about drinking?

I suspect that some of my teenage son's friends may be drinking alcohol. I want to have a conversation about the dangers of drinking with him, without sounding threatening or accusatory.

Any tips?
In Topics: Teen alcohol and substance abuse
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Apr 18, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Here's some ideas that might help:

- Make sure you're actually having a conversation with him about drinking.  Don't just talk "at" him.  Talk with him.

- Ask him what he already knows about alcohol.

- Give him some facts about alcohol.  (For example, it's a depressant.)

- Tell him why he shouldn't abuse alcohol.  If there's alcoholism in the family, you can bring that up.

- Ask him what he would say if a friend offered him a beer.

There are definitely some good links out there with more information.  Here's one from the Mayo Clinic that might help:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/teen-drinking/MY00521/NSECTIONGROUP=2

Good luck!

MKM, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
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genermcmillan
genermcmillan writes:
Give him some facts about alcohol.  (For example, it's a depressant.)
Also try to give an example of that with using any medias.
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