Underage Drinking

It’s Time to Spill the Tea on Underage Drinking

“Everyone’s doing it.”

“One drink won’t kill me.”

“I want to have fun.”

 

Many teens have their first sip of alcohol in high school, but most have one before that. According to DoSomething.org, “The average age teen boys first try alcohol is age 11, for teen girls it’s 13.”

Talk to your teen about the dangers and effects of underage drinking like:

  • School problems such as absences, tardiness, or lower grades
  • Social challenges like fighting or trouble making friends
  • Legal issues such as minor in possession (MIP)
  • Unwanted, unplanned, or unprotected sexual activity

Not sure how to approach this topic? Here’s a fun way to get the conversation started!

Yolo Solo Pong Game

This is the perfect way to have an open conversation with your family about underage drinking.

Played like traditional beer pong, it reinforces the message that not every teen is drinking (in fact most aren’t) and that the consequences and risks of drinking while underage aren’t worth it.

All you need to play are 20 plastic party cups and two to four ping pong balls. You’ll also need the instruction sheet and the game pieces that you can download below. Good luck and happy talking!

Who’s Drinking: Take this Alcohol Survey & See the Results

Hundreds of teens in Region 5 counties answered questions about underage drinking to get a sense of who’s drinking, what they are drinking, and how much they’re drinking.

Take This Survey

Want to get the underage drinking talk started? Start by having your teen or your kids take this survey.

Get the Results

This helpful guide includes the data, results, and insights from that survey. This is a helpful resource for your kids to learn about the risks of underage drinking. They’ll also learn:

  • What binge drinking is and its risks
  • How many calories are in a drink
  • Inherited family risks
  • The adverse effects of alcohol on athletes
  • How to recognize alcohol poisoning

Tips, Tools & Resources

If you’re looking for more tips, tools, and resources about underage drinking, you’ve come to the right place. There are many resources below for you to use to help kids live long, happy, and healthy lives.

This resource-rich site also features ways for you to easily find local support, contact us and learn more about the Region V Prevention Network.

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