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Are You Having "The Talk" About Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs?

Calendars already are filling up with exciting events for high school-age students. Prom and graduation top the list for many as “rites of passage.”

This season of celebrations also is the time parents are thinking about how they will talk to their high school students about alcohol and other drugs.

NDSU Extension recommends starting early when raising kids to resist these substances. Two resources to look at now, no matter the age of your child – birth to young adult - are Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Here are five tips from SAMHSA to discourage underage drinking:

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking.
  • Show you care about your child’s happiness and well-being.
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol.
  • Show you are paying attention and you will notice if your child drinks.
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding underage drinking. 

Source: Kim Bushaw, NDSU family science specialist, 701-231-7450,

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