About 25% of 10th graders who consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, reported stealing or taking alcohol without the permission of parents/guardians (2018 Illinois Youth Survey, CPYD Service Area).
Parents, have you considered locking up alcohol in your home?
Doing so could prevent your teen from engaging in risky behavior. Communicating to them with clear and consistent rules prohibiting alcohol use can also reinforce positive family norms.
Here are a few tips you can use in your own home, to prevent minors from accessing alcohol in the home:
Know how much alcohol you have in your home. If you notice something is missing, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you still feel like some of the alcohol might be missing or taken by someone, take the next step to ensure minors are not involved.
If possible, keep alcohol in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet that your teen cannot access. Spread the word to other households that teens may have access to, and encourage them to secure their alcohol as well.
Taking a few extra precautions can go a long way in decreasing underage drinking during Alcohol Awareness Month!
For more information about underage drinking visit www.cpydcoalition.org
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