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Talk Early, Talk Often - Alcohol

Talking With Your Children About Alcohol

Preschoolers

  • Tell your child that they should only drink beverages that you or a known caregiver gives to them.
  • Tell your child to never put anything in their mouth unless they know what it is.
  • Tell your child that only adults can drink beer, wine and drinks with alcohol. Explain that these adult drinks can make a child sick.
  • Secure harmful chemicals and alcohol to prevent accidental poisoning. 
  • Explain the importance of taking good care of our bodies — eating right, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep.

5-8 Year Olds

  • Remind your child that they should only drink beverages that you or a known caregiver gives to them.
  • Tell your child to never put anything in their mouth unless they know what it is.  
  • Let your child know that just because adults drink alcohol, it doesn’t mean that is safe for them to drink alcohol. Secure all alcohol to prevent accidental poisoning.
  • Make sure your child knows that they shouldn’t stay in a place that makes them feel uncomfortable.  
  • Look for opportunities to talk to your child about the dangers of alcohol use. Use these teachable moments to share why alcohol is illegal for young people to use and the harm it causes a growing mind and body. 

Information adapted from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
©2017 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Used with permission. Visit drugfree.org.
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