Talk Early, Talk Often - Alcohol

Talking With Your Children About Alcohol


Many people do not consider alcohol to be a drug. However, alcohol is classified as a depressant and is the #1 drug of choice for young people. The fact is that all mind-altering substances — including alcohol — are harmful for the developing brain. It is more important than ever for families to talk about alcohol early and often. 

In Connecticut, it is illegal to provide and allow minors under the age of 21 to drink.  

As different age groups require different information, here are some talking points for discussion with children of all ages. You are the biggest influence on whether your child will use alcohol or other drugs. Research shows that children are likely to model their parents’ behavior — both healthy and unhealthy. 
Preschool to 8 Years Old 9 to 14 Years Old 15 to 17 Years Old

Information adapted from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
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