Parenting Guidelines for Adolescent Alcohol Use

Parenting Strategies Program, Australia, 2010

Related to Substance use

This resource provides guidelines for parents and carers about how to help prevent or reduce their adolescent child’s alcohol use, as recommended by the NHMRC Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (2009).

‘The following guidelines are based on a systematic review of high quality research evidence and/or the opinions of a panel of 32 Australian experts with a minimum of five years experience in one of the following: treatment of adolescents with alcohol problems, research regarding adolescent drinking and parenting practices, drug and alcohol education for adolescents and/or parents. These guidelines are a general set of recommendations regarding how you as a parent can delay or reduce your child’s alcohol consumption. Each family is unique and it is important that you adapt the information provided in these guidelines to your situation.’

It includes the following topics:

  • ‘Things you should know’
  • ‘Delay use of alcohol’
  • ‘Be a good role model’
  • ‘Talk about alcohol’
  • ‘Establish family rules’
  • ‘Monitor your child’
  • ‘Prepare for peer influence’
  • ‘Unsupervised drinking’
  • ‘Dealing with alcohol misuse’
  • ‘Adolescent parties’
  • ‘Your relationship with your child’

The resource is avaliable for access as an online guide and in a PDF format to download.

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