It’s important to talk to your child about the dangers of underage drinking, that you disapprove of it, that it’s illegal, and that there are harsh consequences to drinking alcohol. It can be difficult to talk your kid, but it’s imperative that you do. Teenagers love to take risks. This is one they need to avoid. And you can help.

Underage drinking is a major cause of death for young people. It can lead to run-ins with the law, trouble in school, brain development problems, increased risky sexual activity, increased chance of suicide, and can overall put your child in harm’s way. With a strong relationship and good communication, you can keep your child safe from the dangers of alcohol.

Scroll down to see some tips on starting the conversation.