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.
The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health also found that older teens are more likely to drink; less than one percent of 12 year olds compared to 22 percent of 17 year olds.
According to the 2017 Monitoring the Future Study, 23 percent of 8th graders report they have tried alcohol once in their lifetime and 9% report they have been drunk.
Three out of four parents self-identify themselves as the most reliable source of information about alcohol and underage drinking (A Lifetime of Conversations, 2017).
Parents identify alcohol’s interference with a child’s judgment and ability to make good decisions, unintended consequences of alcohol consumption, and damage to a child’s brain development as the most important reasons for youth to avoid underage drinking. An evaluation of Ask, Listen, Learn demonstrates that youth positively respond to learning about how alcohol effects their brain development and their behavior.
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.