In a recent national survey, 64% of eighth-graders said alcohol was 'fairly easy' or 'very easy' to get. And 34% reported drinking within the last year.
"... it has become clear that, during adolescence... the brain is highly plastic and shaped by experience... Alcohol appears to interfere with the changes in circuitry that occur during learning." -Dr Aaron White, NIAAA
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), children who begin drinking before the age of 15 have a four times greater chance of becoming an alcoholic as an adult than those who begin at 21.
The reason most children choose not to drink is because their parents talked to them about it. If you talk to them directly and honestly, they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol use.
Parents need to get involved early. In a recent survey, two-thirds (67%) of Americans say parents today don't speak with their children enough about drinking alcohol. However, adolescents have a crucial need for an enduring, stable, and supportive bond with a caring adult.