Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year, New Beginning

The beginning of 2009 brings a fantastic opportunity to start practicing new behaviors. Experts recommend that we start small when making changes, so here are a few things that you can do in five minutes or less to help prevent underage drinking:

  • Say thank you.
    Encourage those who are already helping to make a difference. Thank the convenience store clerk for carding you; thank parents for hosting alcohol-free parties; thank business owners for removing alcohol ads that might appeal to kids.

  • Watch yourself.
    Pay attention to how you react to alcohol advertisements, and how you talk about alcohol around youth. Sometimes we send mixed messages without even thinking about it.

  • Speak up.
    Give a voice to the silent majority by letting peers know how you feel. We can all support each other—parent to parent, teen to teen, business owner to business owner.

  • Talk it up.
    Share what you learn with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.

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