Continue the Conversation
When our children turn 21, this stage in their lives is just another opportunity to take advantage of the coaching approach in a new way. The conversation now shifts from underage drinking towards making responsible choices about alcohol.
Discuss Responsible Drinking
Here are some tips to share with your kids about responsible drinking.
- Understand alcohol content—Know the alcohol concentration in different types of beverages (beer, wine, hard liquor) that you're drinking. Some cocktails and shots can contain double or triple the amount of alcohol compared to a beer.
- Stay safe—Be aware of your environment and only drink beverages that you open.
- Avoid drinks where you aren't sure what you're drinking—Either the alcohol content or whether the drink's been "spiked."
- Energy drinks mask the effects of alcohol and make it more likely for someone to drink too much. This can create the illusion that you've consumed less than you actually have.
- Watch out for your friends—If your friend has had too much to drink, don't leave them alone. When in doubt, call 911 for help.
- Remember actions have lasting consequences—Social media posts are uploaded and shared instantly, so be mindful of what you post and know what others post of you.
- Be aware of the law—For instance, become familiar with open container laws, penalties for buying alcohol for minors and driving under the influence.
- Know the rules—If attending college, be familiar with the university's alcohol policy in the school's handbook.
- Be Smart—Don't push your limits, like attempting to do 21 shots on your 21st birthday.