Know the facts and get support in order to help your teen manage the risks involved in drug and alcohol use. As a parent, you are not alone — contact Parentline in your State or Territory. Encourage your teen to contact Kids Helpline if they need additional support and somebody to talk to about their concerns. If you are looking for more digital services and resources, check out Head to Health. Talking helps!
It is not uncommon for teenagers to try drugs or drink alcohol in their teenage years. For some they may experiment and make the positive choice not to participate but, there are also those who become dependent on drugs or alcohol. Parenting a teenager who is addicted to drugs or is alcohol dependent can be devastating and you may feel like everything you say is falling on deaf ears. Our section on drugs and alcohol has articles about spotting the signs and having the conversations to help your child stay healthy and safe.
Teen alcohol abuse has become widespread, with studies around the world documenting the same problem on a number of different continents: Children are drinking at an early age. In some areas, the numbers of kids drinking at a young age are increasing and the age of initiation is dropping. In other areas, these figures start high and are staying high. Reports from all three areas report similar problems. Many children start drinking when they are nine and some are alcohol-dependent by the time they are
It's not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone's doing them — or wanting you to do them. But as with anything that seems too good to be true, there are downsides and dangers to taking drugs. Drugs are chemicals or substances that change the way our bodies work.