Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Use
By Jaelyn Kloepfer, Public Health Promoter
Early use of alcohol and other drugs can negatively impact brain development, and can increase risk of injuries, trouble with the law, mental health issues, and problems at school.
You are the most important influence in your child’s life and you play a big role in your child’s decisions about alcohol and other drugs.
Here are six strategies that you can use to prevent or delay use:
- Know what’s going on in your child’s life.
- Develop open and regular communication.
- Set expectations and consequences together.
- Be a positive role model.
- Build a close and caring relationship.
- Don’t provide alcohol or other drugs. (In fact, most parents don’t!)
- Know where your child is, who they are with, and check in while they are out.
- Talk often. This allows your child to talk about their interests and worries, and helps to build a strong relationship.
- Get to know your child’s friends and their families.
- Talk to older siblings about not providing alcohol or other drugs.
- Role model positive behaviours, like going for a walk after a stressful day.
- Provide alcohol and drug-free activities. Do activities together!
For more strategies and tips check out www.rethinkyourdrinking.ca.
Coming soon – Strategies for Parents to Prevent or Delay Alcohol and Other Drug Use booklet. You will be able to access the booklet on the Rethink Your Drinking website or can request a copy from the Health Unit.