In response to this information, the La Crosse County Prevention Network (LCPN) launched Be The One campaign aimed at preventing underage drinking, increasing parent skills and includes a community call to action.
Be The One is comprised of:
- Public Service Announcement ads featuring local youth,
- Bright yellow yard signs, magnets and more will be spread throughout the community educating about the dangers of underage drinking.
- LCPN’s website provides expert advise on how to start conversations and when is it developmentally appropriately to begin those conversations about alcohol.
- The La Crosse County Prevention Network offers a free 45-minute presentation/training as part of the Be The One campaign designed to build skills and confidence in starting conversations about alcohol with young people. To sign up for a presentation/training contact Judi Zabel, 608-785-9855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understand Adult Influence
Drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, are easily available to children and adolescents. Prevention starts with parents. Parents are the strongest influence that children have. There is no guarantee that your child won’t use drugs, but drug use is much less likely to happen if you:
Provide guidance and clear rules about not using drugs.
Talk About Family History
The single most reliable indicator for risk of future alcohol or drug dependence is family history.
Youth want to know if anybody in their family has struggled with addiction so that they can make informed decisions.