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SAMHSA Introduces Tool for Parents to Help Talk to Children About Underage Drinking

underage drinkingThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has introduced a new tool to help parents prevent underage drinking.

Start the Talk is an interactive tool to help parents learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to their kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, parents practice bringing up the topic of alcohol with a teen; learn what questions to ask; and get ideas for keeping the conversation going long after the initial talk has ended.

The tool plays a video where parents get to choose what the characters on screen say to get an idea of how a conversation about alcohol will play out with their own children when they broach the subject.

Start the Talk is designed to introduce the subject of underage drinking to children as young as nine years old. SAMHSA says that between the ages of 9 and 13, children start to view alcohol more positively and begin to think underage drinking is OK. Some even start to experiment at that age. It is never too early to talk to your children about alcohol.

For more information on Start the Talk, click here.

To see the Start the Talk tool, click here.

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