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You, Your Teen and Alcohol

In the teen years, youth are often trying to know who they are, finding out what they value and are seeking a chance to do things on their own.

Although the legal drinking age in Ontario is 19, research shows that the age between 13 and 18 is the time when your teen may be at risk to start using alcohol. As a parent, you play a key role in shaping your teen’s attitude about alcohol.

What are the risks of alcohol use to your teen?

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What is heavy drinking?

In Canada and elsewhere, heavy drinking is defined as drinking five or more standard drinks on a single occasion for men and four or more for women.

Studies have shown that the earlier a teen starts to drink the higher their risk of heavy drinking later in life.  Studies have also shown that among teens who drink, the number of heavy drinking days increases with age.

What are the risks of heavy drinking?

Here are some tips to help you talk to your teen about alcohol

Real-life stories from parents on talking about alcohol and:

You are an important role model for your teen.