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rates of alcoholism and alcohol use, but we want to do preventative measures to stay that way,” McGuire said.


Law enforcement officers, educators and parents are all working together to heighten awareness. Technology plays a part as well. “School resource officers have expensive equipment, such as a passive alcohol indicator that can be used like a standard breathalyzer,” McGuire said. “Waved over any substance, either solid or liquid, it will measure approximately the amount of alcohol in it.” This device is particularly useful around prom and homecoming.


Keeping open the lines of communication with your children and being an active part of their lives are the keys to success. “A general tip I give to parents is to be awake when your child comes home,” McGuire said. “Give them a big hug while at the same time smelling for alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or anything else.”


Ask your child questions about his or her day. “Notice any unusual behavior or differences in speech and eyes, such as whether they are dilated,” said McGuire. “Establish agreed-upon consequences that are enforced consistently.”

UNDERAGE DRINKING PREVENTION

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Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Be a role model of good and healthy behaviors. “If a parent walks in and says they had a stressful day and need a beer, that teaches the young person as well, so you need to practice ‘what-if’ situations and how to say no,” McGuire said.


Staying involved means knowing where your children go and who they spend time with. “Get to know your kid’s friends. If your young person is going to a party at a friend’s house, ask if parents will be at the party and what they will do if alcohol is there,” McGuire said. This is an opportunity to let your child know you are there for him and will pick him up if necessary.


“Plan for that in advance and set a curfew,” McGuire said. “When you drop off your youth at the party, get out of the vehicle, knock on the door and introduce yourself. Sometimes that can make all the difference.”


If your child struggles with the lure of alcohol, connect him with help. “You can contact mental health care centers,” McGuire said. “Your kid can sit down with a therapist or substance abuse counselor who will do screenings to determine if there is an issue. At the same time, make sure you are enforcing consequences consistently and sticking to them.”

Alcoholism is a public health issue that affects all ages and does not discriminate, even among youth.


“The majority of our statistics regarding underage drinking have decreased in recent years,” said Tara McGuire, statewide alcohol prevention enhancement specialist at Bluegrass Prevention.


An evaluation performed among 10th graders that looks at 30-day alcohol usage has decreased by 2.4 percentage points since 2018. The trend of binge drinking among youth – drinking more than five drinks at a time – has also decreased.


“Teenage drivers involved in alcohol-related collisions have decreased substantially according to the Kentucky State Police, so we are seeing some positive things,” said McGuire. However, at the same time, the number of alcohol-related overdose deaths has slightly increased.


As a parent, you can play a role in preventing underage drinking, but you must start early. “The American Academy of Pediatrics said if a parent does not talk to their child about alcohol by age 9, it is too late,” said McGuire.


Even if you are past this time period, it is still a critical conversation to have. “In Kentucky we are doing pretty well when it comes to youth