Won't teenagers always drink, no matter what we do?
Parents have important roles in preventing harm to their children from alcohol. However, the role of parents must be supported by the broader drinking culture, including the ways in which alcohol is promoted and made available in the community.
Reducing young people’s use of alcohol is an important and achievable aim and there are many things parents can do at home to work towards changing our drinking culture. Limiting access to alcohol and clearly communicating your disapproval of your child drinking alcohol are actions that have been shown to have an important impact on young people’s alcohol use.
While parents have an important role, there are also things governments can do to prevent harm from alcohol among young people. Good evidence is available about policies that we know will work and these are listed in our factsheet Alcohol and Young People: What works to prevent harm from alcohol?
Check out how to have 'the other talk' with your child in the Take Action section.