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Letter: Graduation perfect time to talk with your teens


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From: Lori Eavey

Columbus

To the editor:

Graduation season is a big milestone for many high school students and their parents. With talk of celebrations and excitement in the air, now is a window of opportunity to talk to your teen about making safe, smart decisions.

Parents play an important role in helping teens make smart decisions when it comes to alcohol. In fact, the GfK Roper Youth Report reaffirms that parents continue to be the strongest influence on youth decisions about drinking and have been for more than 20 years. Parents who want to take advantage of this chance to positively influence their teens can start by downloading a free copy of the Anheuser-Busch “Family Talk about Drinking” parent guide facebook.com/ABFamilyTalk. The guide and other available resources aim to help prevent underage drinking by encouraging parents to start and have ongoing conversations about alcohol with their children.

It’s never too late to start the conversation with your teen about being safe and responsible. We at Bartholomew County Beverage would like to thank the parents, educators, local law enforcement and many others who are making progress in reducing underage drinking. Let’s continue this positive trend by talking with our teens this graduation season.

Congratulations, graduates and parents, and best wishes as you navigate your future safely and responsibly.

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