Get out and about
It can be helpful if there are adults around when teenagers get together. A lot of young people don’t have very many adults to talk to, or find it easier to talk to someone they don’t know. Many towns in Sweden have set up organised night-time patrols – check with your local authority or school, or search online. But you don’t have to be part of an organised night-time patrol to be out and about. The more adults there are on the streets in the evenings, the better. Maybe you could just go for a walk or go to the cinema.
Talk to other parents
Talking to someone else in the same situation can often be hugely helpful. It’s also important for young people to know that there are adults who care. If the parents at a school agree that alcohol is not OK, their teenagers are likely to drink less. The school’s Parent-Teacher Evening can be a good opportunity to talk about this. Maybe you, the parents, can also all agree on reasonable curfews, on how your teenagers should be picked up, on what to do if a teenager is home alone, that sort of thing?
Take inspiration from other people’s initiatives
There are numerous great examples of preventative measures that have made a difference at local level. IQ brings many of these initiatives together in the form of an ideas bank at iq.se. An activity doesn’t have to be large scale to be good and important. The goal is to inspire more people to do something. And many of these initiatives are specifically aimed at young people.
Join IQ’s network
IQ’s network is for people who want to help promote a smarter approach to alcohol. The network offers you expertise, inspiration, and meetings with other dedicated people. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re involved as a private person, or through your work.