Parents Empowered: Impact of talking about goals for the future on underage drinking

With the holidays just around the corner, our children will have more free time. That often means unsupervised time without parents.

Parents Empowered of Utah say it’s a great time to talk to your teens and children about avoiding alcohol. One way to start the conversation is talking about goals for the future and what your kids want to be when they grow up.

“Underage alcohol can harm areas of the brain that are really important, like decision making, memory, impulse control,” says Elizabeth Klc, director of the Utah Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council. “Those kinds of areas that are really important to have working well, you want them to protect their brain, talking to them about that and talking about things they want to accomplish in their lives is huge.”

KUTV 2News’ Heidi Hatch sits down with Klc in this episode of the Parents Empowered podcast.