August 21, 2013
With the new school year upon us, it’s a natural time for us as parents to talk with our children about making smart choices, including avoiding peer pressure to drink underage. We can have a big impact on our children’s decisions regarding drinking, and it all starts with a conversation.
Silver Eagle Distributors wants to remind parents about the Family Talk About Drinking program, a free parent guide and Facebook community designed to encourage open and honest communication between parents and their children to help prevent underage drinking. Programs like this one, paired with education and effective law enforcement, are essential to reducing underage drinking.
According to the 2012 GfK Roper Youth Report, 73 percent of children ages 13 to 17 in the U.S. cite their parents as the No. 1 influence on whether they drink or not, an increase of 33% since 1991. Here in Texas, 24 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds drinking has declined since 2002, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Remember, it’s our collective responsibility to help prevent underage drinking. For more information, please visit Facebook.com/ABFamilyTalk.
John L. Nau, III
President & CEO
Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.