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Expert Advice: Talking to Your Kids About Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a big concern for several parents.
North Austin residents Patrick Pierce said he often has questions about how and when it is the best time to talk to your kids about peer pressure and drinking.
"Especially with iPhones and all the Wi-Fi access it's very, very scary," Pierce said. "Peer pressures get in the way and you better beat them to the punch."
Clinical psychologist, Allison Sallee, at Tejas family Guidance Center said it is never too early to talk to your kids about alcohol.
"It should be age appropriate, so for younger kids it may not be sitting them down and having this long talk, but it may be when they ask you what are you drinking you tell them it's an adult drink," Sallee said. "Kids of all ages learn from others their age or a little bit older truthfully."
Sallee said it is important for parents to step in and have a strong support system with their children.
"You might come up with a code that lets you know that they want you to come and get them,” Sallee said. “They can tell you something like 'well everything's fine here' and maybe that's your code phrase. It sounds like you may be even arguing with your parents."
Salle said set a good example for your children in your household.
"It’s important to not tell them stories about what you did in the past because sometimes that glorifies it," Sallee said.
East Austin resident, Jacqueline Rucker said she understands each child is different, but to help keep her two kids from underage drinking she does not keep alcohol in her house.
"You're not going to find alcoholic beverages in my household, so that might give them a feel ‘well I don't see it, I won't use it,” Rucker said.