Have 'The Other Talk' with your child
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation developed a resource to support Australian families to talk openly about alcohol and other drugs. It’s a resource for parents wanting to learn about alcohol and other drugs and protect their children from associated harms.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation recommend starting to talk to your child as early as eight to make sure they have the right information and attitudes when they reach high school.
Starting the conversation early also means you create an understanding that when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, no question is too silly and no topic is off limits. These could include related issues such as peer pressure, health, and safety.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is encouraging parents to have the Other Talk because research shows that young people consider parents to be credible sources of information about alcohol and other drugs. However, many parents fear The Other Talk because it may raise questions that they feel ill-equipped to answer or explain appropriately.