Virginia ABC launches program against teen drinking

Virginia ABC launches program against teen drinking
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority

(WWBT) - The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has launched a new program to help parents talk to their teens about the dangers of drinking alcohol.

“Power of Parents” is a partnership with the Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Experts say parents are influential in their teen’s decisions of whether or not to begin drinking, when to begin drinking and how much to drink. Research has shown teens are looking towards their parents for approval and final decision making. A 2005 study reported about 80% of teens feel parents should have a say in whether they drink alcohol.

The Power of Parents handbooks and training will improve how you and your teen relate to each other and can help you guide your middle and high schooler in positive decision making. It’s adapted from research from Dr. Robert Turrisi at Pennsylvania State University with the goal of empowering parents to have effective conversations with their middle and high schoolers about drinking.

Click here to find the handbook and training information.

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