If you want to do more

There’s a lot you can do to support and be there for teenagers. Maybe you can take part in night-time patrols, or make it easier for them to say “no”, or help promote a smarter approach to alcohol in some other way. Read on for a few examples of how you can help.

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.

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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