April is Alcohol Awarness Month!
- Underage drinking risks immediate consequences, including impaired driving, alcohol poisoning, and increased risk of sexual assault, but studies also reveal that 90% percent of long-term addictions start in the teen years. The United Way of Addison County encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the importance of early education on alcoholism and addiction.
- In Vermont, 30% of high school students reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, according to the 2015 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse among youth in Vermont, The United Way of Addison County partners with ParentUp (http://parentupvt.org), an initiative of the Vermont Department of Health.
- Drugs and alcohol are not easy topics to bring up, especially with children and teens who may often seem like they’re not listening. But the truth is that the #1 reason kids give for not drinking is that they don’t want to disappoint their parents. Children do care deeply about their parents’ opinions—even if they don’t show it directly.
- Parents can help prevent alcohol and other drug use with the following strategies:
- Set the foundation by helping your child develop key skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors
- Talk about alcohol, drugs, and mental health issues
- Monitor your teen
- Spread the word and make connections with other parents
- Know the warning signs
Learn more about these strategies and how to take action by visiting http://parentupvt.org.
If you think your teen is drinking or using drugs, find information and help at:
- The United Way of Addison County