Help prevent impared underage driving
As teens often feel peer pressure from friends who drink, talk about potential scenarios your teen may experience involving alcohol and how they can properly handle the situation. Talk about what your teen should do if offered alcohol at a party or what to say if an impaired friend offers your teen a ride. Other ways that you can help prevent impaired underage driving is to:
As a parent, it's important to practice what you preach. Set a good example at home for your teen by using alcohol responsibility. Do not drink excessively or use alcohol as a way to cope with your problems. Ensure that your teen knows all the negative side effects of drinking, both physical and emotional.
The effects of alcohol in the body
It doesn't take a large amount of alcohol to feel its effects. As the liver can only process one standard drink of alcohol (or one ounce of liquor) per hour, the faster you drink the more likely you are to get drunk. If you consume more than this, the alcohol will accumulate in the body tissues and blood until it can be metabolized by the body. The effects of alcohol in the body can also depend on other factors, such as:
Many teens turn to alcohol as way to fight boredom, especially during long school breaks. Parents often don't know what to do to keep their teens occupied and out of trouble while unsupervised. One strategy that can work is to arrange volunteer work or extracurricular activities that teens can engage in.
Keep your teens involved in communal activities
Getting teens involved in community or neighborhood activities can not only help keep them away from alcohol, but can also boost their motivation and work ethic. While some teens like academic-related activities, others prefer community sports. Ask your teen if he or she would like to participate in a summer sports program or camp. Other ways to keep your teen busy include:
To reduce the risk of your teen drinking and driving, parents should set boundaries relating to their teen's driving. Enforcing a curfew is an excellent way to restrict potential dangerous driving situations. As most drinking parties occur during the evening or night hours, a curfew can help prevent teens from drinking and driving.
If your teen continues his or her reckless behavior, it may be time to seek outside professional help. The issues do not resolve by themselves and can often lead to dangerous outcomes, such as alcohol poisoning or a DUI. Being proactive by getting your teen help can prevent these potentially serious outcomes and help your teen change their behavior before it worsens.
Drunk Driving Prevention Guide
Texting and the Dangers of Distracted Driving
Safe Driving Guide for Newer Drivers
General DUI Resources
Site updated on 17. January 2020