80 percent of children say parents are the
leading influence in their decision to drink or not
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[December 12, 2014]
LOGAN COUNTY - Parenting isnít easy.
Raising a child to become a productive citizen, while thwarting
potential undesirable influences from some peers and social media
can sometimes seem like a never ending battle. It is valid for
parents to feel like their voice is getting lost. But in reality,
your kids are listening.
Studies have shown that parents have a significant influence on
young peopleís decisions about alcohol consumption. Research has
shown parentsí disapproval of youth alcohol use is a significant
reason why many students choose not to drink. In fact more than 80%
of children say parents are the leading influence in their decision
to drink or not.
The prevention department at Chestnut Health Systems, in conjunction
with Healthy Communities Partnership, is continuing implementation
of a substance-abuse prevention communication campaign encouraging
parents in Logan County to talk with their children about the
dangers of underage alcohol use.
The campaign provides parents with tips on ways to get the
conversation started, and helps remind parents that they really do
have one of the largest impacts in their childís life. Parents will
see campaign materials that share this goal through various forms of
media throughout the county. Several schools and community groups
have partnered with the coalition to help reach parents.
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A simple tip is to keep the conversation low-key, and donít
worry about getting everything across in one talk. Many small
talks are better. To find other helpful tips visit
For more information about the campaign, please contact Nadia
Klekamp at Chestnut Health Systems at 800-883-2415 or online at
chestnut.org/prevention. Funding provided in whole or in part by the
Illinois Department of Human Services.
[Nadia Kllekamp, Chestnut Health