Drug Free Carroll County is a coalition comprised of volunteer members from local organizations and individuals throughout Carroll County. Members hold the common goal of reducing substance use among Carroll County youth. The coalition seeks to create a healthier, drug free community through the implementation of effective prevention strategies. The coalition is committed to providing information and community education, supporting youth led prevention efforts, challenging community norms that might be favorable to youth substance use, decreasing youth access and availability of substances and changing policies that will reduce youth usage of alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication and other drugs.

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Reasons why you should talk to your child about Alcohol:

Some Children May Try Alcohol as Early as 9 Years Old.
Most 6-year-olds know that alcohol is only
for adults. Between the ages of 9 and 13,
children start to view alcohol more positively.
Many children begin to think underage drinking
is OK. Some even start to experiment. It is
never too early to talk to your children about
alcohol.
If You Do Not Talk About It, You Are Still Saying Something.
What you say to your children about alcohol
is up to you. But remember, parents who
do not discourage underage drinking may
have an indirect influence on their children’s
alcohol use. (SAMHSA.gov)
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Why you should talk to your child reason #2:
Parents Play a Critical Role in Children’s Decisions to
Experiment With Alcohol.
Studies have shown that parents have
a significant influence on young people’s
decisions about alcohol consumption,
especially when parents create supportive
and nurturing environments in which their
children can make their own decisions. In
fact,around 80 percent of children feel that
parents should have a say in whether they
drink alcohol.
The Conversation Is Often More Effective Before Children Start
Drinking.
If you talk to your kids directly and honestly,
they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol
use. When parents know about underage alcohol use, they can
protect their children from many of the high-risk behaviors associated
with it. (Samhsa.gov)
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With Prom and graduation just around the corner, have you talked with your child about Alcohol? Why should you? All week long we will be giving reasons why you should talk to your child.
REASON 1:
The Chance That Children Will Use Alcohol Increases
as They Get Older.
About 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they
have tried alcohol, but by age 15, that number
jumps to 50 percent. The sooner you talk to your
children about alcohol, the greater chance you
have of influencing their decisions about drinking.
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