Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Drinking

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Discover Triggers

"Try to help the child understand better what it is that most often tempts him to use alcohol,” advises Suniya Luthar, PhD., Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Columbia University. “Are they trying to fit in? Reduce stress? Feel relaxed? Try to work together to address the concerns identified.” Once you determine why he’s tempted to drink, then you can help him fight those triggers by finding other ways to reduce stress, relax, or fight peer pressure.