Positively engage and set boundaries for your kids.

The way that parents interact with their children plays an important role in how they craft conversations about alcohol and, ultimately, how well children follow their rules and advice.

Encouragement and warmth combined with appropriate discipline helps parents set boundaries that children respect and understand. Children raised with both clear rules and loving support tend to be able to make better decisions. They’re more likely to look to parents for guidance as threatening situations come up in their lives.1

Think about your style of parenting as you review the important information about underage drinking and find an approach that works best for you and your child.

To learn more about different parenting styles and approaches, visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


1National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (U.S.), “Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use,” National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, last modified February 2017.

Dad and daughter sitting on the grass and talking to each other.

94% of PA parents believe it's their responsibility to talk with their kids about alcohol

But nearly half (48%) don’t have a great deal of confidence in their ability to influence whether or not their child drinks alcohol.

Tip: Learning the facts will make you feel more at ease starting conversations with your kids about alcohol. And 8 in 10 kids say their parents are the biggest influence on their decision to drink or not drink.

Dear Parent

Don’t become discouraged if you think they don’t hear you. You will usually find out that they are listening.