Parents are the leading influence in a kids decision to drink or not to drink, yet they are not the only line of defense against underage drinking.
Teachers play a crucial role in guiding students in both their academic and social growth. Encouraging words from a teacher will boost confidence which can embolden youth to stand up for what they believe and be true leaders among their peers. Teachers, school counselors, and even school administrators encourage kids to excel in the classroom and should remind kids not to drink alcohol underage.
We encourage teachers to utilize the resource the Ask, Listen, Learn program provides in your classroom to start discussions around the importance of saying NO to underage drinking.
Tweens are undergoing many emotional and physical changes, and they’re fascinated by how their bodies and minds operate. Give your students plenty of information about how alcohol affects them physiologically.
That same study found that older teens are more likely to drink; 1 percent of 12 year olds compared to 29 percent of 17 year olds.
According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Study, 28% of 8th graders report they have tried alcohol once in their lifetime and 12% report they have been drunk.
82% of parents think it is extremely important to have early conversations about alcohol as a way to combat peer pressure & delay potential experimenting. This conversation doesn’t always come naturally though and that’s where the Ask, Listen, Learn program comes in to help!