Key in lock
Where do kids get alcohol? Well, we asked them. 
Of those who drank alcohol in the previous 30 days, 12% of the 8th graders, 22% of the 10th graders and 26% of the 12th graders stole or took alcohol from their parents without permission.*
To limit access in our homes and to encourage family members and friends to do the same, here are some precautions parents can take:
  • Know what you have in stock. Mark the level of alcohol left in bottles with a line. If you notice something is missing, have a conversation with your teen.
  • Because vodka, gin and whiskey don’t freeze, they can be stored in the freezer. If it does freeze, it’s likely been replaced with water.
  • Lock it up to help prevent access. Consider storing it in cabinets that lock, or use a magnetic lock or keyless locking system. No lock is foolproof, but it will be a deterrent for anyone who may want to help themselves and you’ll know if it’s been broken.
  • Clean out your supply and dispose of unused alcohol on a regular basis.
Most importantly, research shows teens are less likely to use alcohol when they know their parents disapprove, so keep on talking! Encourage them to stay safe and alcohol-free.


* According to the 2016 Illinois Youth Survey conducted in our middle schools and high schools in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood and Riverwoods.

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