Parents should also be aware of the many ways teens are sneaking alcohol. Things like:
- Tampon Booze Tubes (sold at Urban Outfitters)
- Fake sunscreen bottles
- Bobbie Bags (houses 4 oz)
- Peers sneaking things through windows/ doors/ etc.
During this phase, parents should continue to emphasize values, rules and consequences. Sit down with kids and discuss alcohol consumption before the situation rears it head; start early and often. Look for conversation starters about alcohol. Turn to collateral resources; have a network of parents that is invested in keeping kids safe.
Model appropriate behavior. Perceived monitoring is very effective; let them know you are on to them and checking the premises.