Eau Claire County youth report drinking alcohol mostly at home or a friend's home. Be sure it's NOT happening in your home!
We are concerned about youth using alcohol because it is unsafe, unhealthy, and illegal. Our local data tells us that the best way to reduce underage drinking is to make alcohol less available to youth. That’s why the theme for this year’s campaign is “Be sure it’s NOT happening in your home.” Parents play an important role in reducing youth access to alcohol.
Be sure kids can’t get alcohol from YOUR home.
- especially if there are kids in grades 7-12 living in or visiting your home
- Monitor your supply
- Store alcohol safely – lock it up
- Supervise more - especially on weekends. Be aware that your kids or their friends may become creative to test your resolve.
Resources for more information:
Parents: Know the Facts (pdf)
Parent Party Tips (pdf)
A Parent's Guide to Teen Parties
Includes: facts about teen parties, facts about alcohol and drugs, what parents need to know, if you are hosting a teen party, and if your teen is going to a party.
Tools to start a conversation about your disapproval of underage drinking:
Action Plan - select whether you have a boy or a girl, type in their age, and check whether you have started to talk about underage drinking or not. It will give you a specific plan of what to say and how to say it.
Start the Talk - is like a video game that helps you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you’ll practice bringing up the topic of alcohol; learn the questions to ask; and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.
Parent Talk kit - provides info for parents and community members with tips for talking and what to say to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
Parents Empowered - 3 ways to stay between your child and alcohol; bonding, boundaries, monitoring.
Power of Parents - a a collection of resources for talking with tweens and teens about alcohol.
The Teen Brain - answers the question "Why do teens act this way?" by addressing brain development, behavior & the teen brain, and drugs & teen moods.
About the Parents Who Host campaign...
This national campaign was originally designed to make parents aware that hosting parties and serving alcohol to other people's kids was against the law, and could prove very costly. Fine amounts and potential liability are reasons given to help parents weigh the possible cost of hosting underage parties.
In Eau Claire County...
We run our campaign annually in April through early June. Locally we've moved the campaign beyond discussing just the legal issues and aim to inform parents about the important role they play in their son or daughter's decision about whether or not to drink.
The 9th Annual Parents Who Host Campaign in Eau Claire County has a theme of "Be sure it's NOT happening in your home" and encourages parents take steps to ensure underage drinking isn't happening in their own home.
Talk about your decision to not allow underage drinking in your home or on your property, then show your commitment by joining the Parents Connecting Network. The network helps connect Eau Claire County parents who have made the same commitment you have.
To find out more and how YOU can get involved, please email
Lil Piñero, CPS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Denise Wirth, BSN, RN (email@example.com)
OR call 715-839-4718 and ask for either Lil or Denise