Most middle school students in Washington have a health class in 8th grade. They learn facts about how alcohol, marijuana and other drugs affect their health. Youth at this age care about their brains and bodies so this is an excellent time to continue conversations about alcohol and marijuana at home.
High school students are more savvy and cynical about alcohol and marijuana. They may see more drinking and drug use in the media and among their peers. At the same time, they are building momentum towards their goals and do not want anything to get in the way of them.
College students strive for independence, experience and growth. Because they may see more alcohol and drug use on campus, most college students overestimate how much and how often their peers are actually using. Providing facts and correcting misperceptions can help college students make informed decisions to stay healthy and safe so they can reach their goals.
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Check out these videos with tips for talking with your children, teens and young adults, from ages 2 to 25. Reinforcing healthy behaviors is a good thing to do during every stage of our children's development.