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This holiday season, when family celebrations may include alcohol, talk about the risks of underage drinking with your children and teens.  Talk early, talk often, and let them know that most of their friends are making healthy and safe choices.  The following article from a parent reminds us that the time to talk and act is now.    

picture of Jena
By Joe Pallitto

It was a long day and we all went to bed early.  At 10pm we noticed our daughter, Jena, had slipped out of the house.  Where could she have gone?  We called her cell phone, but no answer.  We tried calling some of her friends, but no luck.  By midnight... read more

There’s no trick and there’s no treat when it comes to underage drinking on Halloween.  The spookiest holiday of the year is also considered one of the biggest drinking holidays, so it’s no surprise that the alcohol industry wants to cash in on getting into the spirit.  Unfortunately, the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth researchers have found that that there is a link between minors who recognize advertisements for beer and spirits and the likelihood of them drinking.

A study published in the Journal of Health Communication found that underage youth are drawn to music, animal and people characters, story and humor in alcohol advertising.  Youth in the study were more likely to say they wanted to purchase the... read more

Gather school supplies. 
  ►Take kids shopping for clothes.
  ►Get sports physicals.
  ►Talk to kids about alcohol and marijuana.

Getting ready to go back to school can be an exciting time  for kids as they look forward to being back with their friends and all the activities and opportunities that school brings.  It can also be a time of sadness, knowing that the freedom of summer is coming to an end.  Kids might also feel anxious, wondering “Will I fit in? Will I make new friends?”

Just like adults, kids can have mixed feelings about going back to school. They also face a lot of pressure, whether it comes from other kids, their parents, or what they expect of themselves. That’s why it is so important to continue to talk with your kids about things... read more