Hooray, the days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and spring is in the air.  It is a very exciting time for families as they get ready to head outdoors for some of their most loved activities. Now is a great time to discuss family expectations regarding alcohol.

Do you know that Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States?  17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.  https://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/alcohol/facts-about-alcohol

Start the conversation as April is Alcohol Awareness Month 

alcohol awareness month- 2014 poster

Source: http://www.centurycouncil.org/state-facts/new-york.

Here are a few NCADD(National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) Recommendations for Parents

**Teach your child that abstinence from alcohol is an acceptable lifelong decision and that they have a right to stand up for a safe academic environment.

**Teach your child that drinking can be risky and to intervene when they see that their classmates are in trouble.

**If you drink, be sure to set an ongoing healthy example regarding adult alcohol use and never brag about your alcohol or other drugs during your own college years.

**When your children go to college, set clear and realistic expectations regarding academic performance, and continue to be as interested and involved in their lives as you were when they were in high school.

Responsibility is "...seldom easy, but always worth the effort." Wise words from our new Talk Early blogger @piwtpitt:
Source:#TalkEarly on Pinterest

Teens and Alcohol: A Bad Mix Developed in partnership with NIAAA, this video highlights research on underage drinking and includes steps that communities can take to tackle this problem.

Some Helpful Internet Links:
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD): http://www.ncadd.org
Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility http://responsibility.org/start-a-conversation/responsibility-kids/talk-early/
Underage Drinking: Talk Early – Talk Often http://underagedrinking.samhsa.gov
Drug Free Action Alliance https://www.drugfreeactionalliance.org/know
Partnership for Drug Free Kids http://www.drugfree.org/?s=alcohol
Thank you for helping to make a difference in our community!