Young People Using Alcohol And Drugs
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You might worry your child will be exposed to risks such as:
It’s often hard to balance your teen’s need for independence with your need to keep them safe from potential risks.
Here are some suggestions for how to minimise the risks but still allow them some freedom to explore and experiment safely:
Have a direct and open conversation with your teen so they know what you expect of them when it comes to parties. You can also empower your teen to stay safe by offering them these ideas on what to do once they’re at the party:
Don’t get into a car if there’s drinking or drugs involved
Trust their gut instinct – if it doesn’t feel right then don’t do it
If there’s a change of location tell their parent/carer or an adult they trust where they’re going
If they don’t want to drink alcohol or take drugs - don’t! Having fun isn’t about being drunk or getting high
If a friend is upset or unwell, stay with them until their person comes to pick them up
Before the party, organise a parent or adult to drop them off and pick them up
Keep their wits about them and stay in control of themselves
Don’t go off with someone they just met – if they’re interested in them, get their number
If they’re going to drink, do it in moderation and pace themselves
Eat food and drink water as this slows the absorption of alcohol
If they feel unsafe or uncomfortable it’s time to leave – call/text their person to pick them up and take them home
Avoid accepting drinks or drugs from other people - they don’t know what might be in them
Stay with friends they trust, don’t go off on their own
In an emergency call 000
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