Count it, or Lock it up:

  • If you have alcohol in your home, keep track of it. Know how much you have purchased.
  • If possible, keep alcohol locked in a closet, cabinet, or safe, or other inaccessible location.
  • Remove alcohol during times that your kids will be home alone.
  • Don’t ask your kids to get you a beer from the fridge.
  • Consider having an alcohol-free home during your kids pre-teen and teen years.

Talk about Alcohol:

  • Tell your kids your rules and beliefs about underage drinking.
  • Talk to older children about not supplying alcohol to their siblings or friends.
  • Talk to other parents and let them know you do not let your children drink alcohol.

Monitor your kids:

  • Don’t leave teens at home alone when you go out of town.
  • Find out if there will be parental supervision at the parties your child attends.
  • Don’t allow your child to attend parties where there will be alcohol.

Host Safe Social Events

  • Don’t host adult parties where only alcoholic beverages are served or where drinking is the central focus of the gathering.
  • Don’t serve or bring alcohol to kids’ celebrations (sporting events, birthdays, graduations, etc).
  • Never serve alcohol to anyone under age 21, and don’t allow children to serve alcohol to others.
  • If serving alcohol to adults, keep alcoholic drinks separate in a controlled area.
  • Always know what kids are drinking.
  • After a party, clean up right away — prevent kids from sipping leftovers.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a term used to describe all types of neglect, abuse, violence or distressed family environments that children under the age of 18 may experience. Our childhood experiences have a tremendous lifelong impact on our health and the quality of our lives. The ACE study identified links between adverse childhood experiences and future risky behavior, psychological issues, and illness. In 2014, ACE data was collected in the Oregon Student Wellness Survey. In the Linn, Benton, and Lincoln region slightly more than one-third of youth report living with a household member who is/was depressed or mentally ill and about one-third report having ever lived with someone who is/was a problem drinker or alcoholic. Learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences in Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties.