New program aims to help parents talk to kids about alcohol

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority has launched a new program to help parents address the dangers of alcohol with their teens.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has found that more than 80 percent of adolescents believe their parents should have a voice n whether they drink alcohol.

So ABC is working with the Virginia Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to offer Power of Parents.

The program gives parents guidance and support to help them have discussions with their children about alcohol use.

It gives them training on how to talk to their children, details steps they can take to be role models and encourage adolescents to make smarter decisions, and information specifically tailored for parents of middle and high school students who are facing this decision.

“Parents are the strongest protective factor that adolescents have when faced with the decision to drink or not,” said Virginia ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Crumble. “We want to help parents navigate what can be difficult conversations about alcohol with their children to stop dangerous behaviors before they start.”

Power of Parents includes a one-hour training that can be taken online or in person and an age-specific handbook that can be ordered or downloaded. Both are free.

Schools are being encouraged to work with ABC to offer the program in their communities.

To sign up or for more information, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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