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 and may find it easier to talk to someone they don’t know. Many towns in Sweden have organised night-time patrols – check with your local authority or school, or search online for “nattvandring”. But you don’t have to be part of an association to take a walk around town. The more adults who are out and about in the evenings, the better.
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 or a sports association agree that alcohol is not OK, their teenagers are less likely to drink. The school’s or Association’s Parents’ 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 or any other shared areas of concern.
TAKE INSPIRATION FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S INITIATIVES
There are numerous great examples of preventative measures that have made a difference at local level. IQ has collected a range of local initiatives in an ideas bank, with the aim of inspiring more people to do something. An activity doesn’t have to be big to be good or important. And, many of the initiatives are specifically aimed at young people.
MAKE USE OF IQ’S TIPS AND EXPERTISE
Here at IQ, we want to help bring about change by working with others. We send out newsletters and organise events as a means to share expertise and inspiration to those interested and involved in alcohol-related issues. At IQ.se you’ll find more tips and valuable information, many of which are aimed at parents of teenagers, and for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of their own alcohol habits.