[Text Message Alert] GIRL’S VOICE: Trisha’s having a sleepover tonight. Can I go? MOTHER’S VOICE: I wonder about Lucy’s friends. What should I say? I know you’re only 10, but one of these days, a friend will offer you a drink. And alcohol, at your age, can lead to so many things. None of them good. So, can I go to the sleepover? Lucy, I want you to promise me something.
[Interrupts] I finished my homework. Bigger promise. If there’s any drinking, I want you to say, “No thanks. Not my thing.”
Mom! I promise you. Your real friends won’t care. Deal? Sure.
I promise, mom. They really do hear you.
MOTHER: Did you pack your toothbrush?
For tips on how to start the talk, visit underagedrinking.samhsa.gov. A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.