Conversations Goals


Talking with Teens about
Alcohol and Drugs


Don’t assume they know how you feel about drinking and substance use. Send a strong message you disapprove of underage drinking and use or misuse of other drugs.

Young people are more likely to listen when they know you’re on their side. Reinforce why you want them to be happy and safe. The conversation will go a lot better if you’re open and show your concern for their well-being.

You want your teen to make informed decisions with reliable information about its dangers. You don’t want them to learn about alcohol and other drugs from unreliable sources.

Establish yourself as a trustworthy source of information.

Young people are more likely to drink or use other drugs if they think no one will notice. Show you’re aware of what your teen is up to, but do this in a subtle way and try not to pry.