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Get the facts on alcohol and other drug use by young people.
Every young person will make a decision about whether or not to use alcohol and other drugs.
Many will try alcohol and other drugs
Some will experience short-term harms
A few will develop long-term problems
Having an early, rational conversation gives your young person confidence that if something comes up, they can speak to you. Having the conversation is more important than the outcome.
If you are a parent or caregiver, have fun with your young person without drugs and alcohol. This makes it easier for them to learn to relax, reward themselves, or address feelings in ways that don’t involve drugs and alcohol.