Underage Drinking Action
What can parents or guardians do?
- Understand that underage drinking is a tradition, one which is illegal and must be stopped.
- Understand that it is a “rite of passage”; a passage to a devastating quality of life, brain damage and death.
- Understand that drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is prohibited by law, with extremely limited exceptions.
- See to it your kids don’t drink—you have the power.
- Do not tolerate unsupervised parties.
- In the event of a supervised party, ensure it is responsibly supervised with alcohol effectively prohibited.
- See to it that your kids realize that drinking is not a choice for them and that they understand why it is prohibited.
- Always know where your kids are.
- Prevent your kids from attending a function, activity or facility where alcohol may be available to them.
- Know the typical behaviors of those with whom your kids hang out.
- Consider the powerful influence of your own behavior on your kids.
What can the community do?
- Support your police.
- If underage drinking may be in progress, call 9-1-1.
- Anyone aware of a planned party should call the NYS Underage Drinking Hotline (you can remain anonymous): 1-866-UNDER 21 (1-866-863-3721).
- Develop and encourage supervised teen activities.
Tell politicians that it's time to Get Serious about alcohol policies that save kids' lives.
Send this letter to:
- Your Governor
- Your State Legislative Representatives
I'm concerned about underage drinking. The time has come to get serious about this issue and adopt policies that protect our children.
I support common-sense, research-based measures that will help reduce underage drinking, including:
- Increasing alcohol prices through taxes, particularly on beer;
- Limiting alcohol advertising and marketing targeted at young people;
- Implementing a national media campaign that counters alcohol industry messages and uses social marketing to affect attitudes and behavior;
- Adopting and enforcing laws to prevent alcohol-related deaths and injuries among young people;
- Promoting alcohol free events for kids;
- Expanding counseling and support for kids, especially those with addicted parents.
These and other measures are recommended by The Institute of Medicine.
I strongly urge you to make these policies a priority at the state and local level. Thank you.