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Health Tip: Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol

Health Tip: Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol

(HealthDay News) -- It's not easy to discuss the dangers of drinking with your children, but it's a conversation that must take place.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice:

  • Begin talking about alcohol openly when children are young.

  • Focus on your concerns and love for your children, rather than making the conversation threatening or judgmental.

  • Teach your kids how to decline alcohol when they're approached by friends.

  • Understand risk factors that may increase the likelihood of underage drinking, such as low self-esteem or problems at home.

  • Set a good example as a parent.

  • Don't ignore warning signs that a child or teen is drinking.

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