Parental influence helps reduce teens’ alcohol use

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Keep your eyes peeled for these messages throughout Johnson County.

Keep your eyes peeled for these messages throughout Johnson County.


Did you know…kids first try alcohol at about age 13 and over 20 percent of high school students report drinking alcohol at least once in the past 30 days?

In an effort to reduce underage drinking, the Olathe Communities That Care Coalition & Behavioral Health Awareness Alliance Coalition have teamed up to implement an educational campaign to reach middle school parents. Studies have shown parents to be the number one influence in their children’s lives, which can make a huge impact on their decisions related to alcohol use.

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse:

  • Adolescence is the critical period for the initiation of risky substance use and its consequences.
  • Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18.
  • Addiction is a disease that in most cases begins in adolescence so preventing or delaying teens from using nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs for as long as possible is crucial to their health and safety.

This campaign works to bring awareness to the public and promote family conversations related to alcohol consumption and healthy decisions. Research shows that parental involvement in their kids’ lives significantly reduces the likelihood of their kids using drugs or consuming alcohol.

For more information and helpful resources, visit www.jocogov.org/parentresources.


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