DPHHS: Parents play a major role in the prevention of underage drinking

State health officials are encouraging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of substance abuse.

According to Vicki Turner of the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Prevention Resource Center, studies show that parental disapproval of underage drinking is the number one reason youth chose not to drink.

“Teens do listen to their parents,” Turner said. “And, they listen to their parents more than anyone else, including their friends. That’s why it’s so important that parents know this information, and then take action to start the conversation now. As a parent,...

 
 
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