LETTER: Talk to your children about the biggest health threat: alcohol

To Ozaukee Press:

No other substance is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcohol-related issues the number one public health problem in the United States. A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that one of every four adult Wisconsinites considers themselves a binge drinker, the highest level in the country.    

During the next several months a public awareness campaign by Starting Point of Ozaukee will provide parents with information about the health risks and the legal consequences of giving alcohol to youth.

Parents often forgive underage drinking as a “rite of passage.” They can simply sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can change their attitude and take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and help their kids do the same.

Research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs.

It can be challenging to talk with your children about drinking and drugs, but it will be well worth the effort you put into it as you help your children build the coping skills they need to handle the anger, stress, peer pressure, loneliness and disappointment that are part of being an adolescent.

Shea Halula

Starting Point of Ozaukee

Mequon

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