If you want to do more

There’s a lot you can do to support and be there for young people. Read on for a few examples of what you, as an adult, can do.

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.

Useful contacts and more info

It can sometimes be good to talk to someone who knows a bit more about teenagers and alcohol, or about anything else, for that matter.

Teenagers and alcohol

There are many considerations that can easily arise when your child becomes a teenager. But first and foremost: how do young people think about drinking themselves? And why is it more dangerous to drink alcohol in adolescence than as an adult?

Take responsibility

Maybe you sometimes feel pretty helpless as a parent. But there’s a lot you can do. As always showing that you care, that you’re there and that you are happy to listen. And often it’s important to be clear about what you expect of your teenager.

If parents are not around

Festivals, home parties and trips abroad are examples of situations where adults are rarely present. There are some pitfalls that you, as a parent, should be aware of and that you can teach your teenager how to handle.

Yes or no?

The clearer you communicate your expectations, the easier it is for your teenager to take a stand or do what you say. Also, think about what sort of message and values you’re conveying to your child.

The teenage years

The teenage years are a very special time in your child’s life. Teenagers are navigating the frontier lands between childhood and adulthood and there are a lot of new things to handle: school, friends, being allowed to stay out late, sex, parties and – not least – alcohol.

Teenager’s drinking habits

Not only is it illegal to buy alcohol for young people, but most adults think that alcohol is something teenagers should be avoiding. So where are teenagers getting their alcohol? How much do they drink? And what sort of problems do young people experience in connection to alcohol?

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