Secondhand Drinking - Why Do People Tolerate It?

Lisa FrederiksenThere are three key reasons people tolerate secondhand drinking – the most common of which is not understanding the term. The others relate to a lack of awareness of the causes of secondhand drinking – namely alcohol misuse – and the reasons some people are able to reduce the amount they drink while others cannot.Not Understanding What It Is – Secondhand Drinking DefinedSecondhand drinking is a term to describe the impacts on the person who is on the receiving end of another person’s drinking behaviors....more

3 Things I Did After My Teen Was Caught Drinking

Lisa FrederiksenStunned. Worried. Guilty.These were just a few of the emotions I felt when I got the call telling me I needed to pick up my daughter from school. It was 9:30 p.m., and she was being suspended for drinking at the school dance. She was just a sophomore!Up until that moment, I’d always thought of my daughter as the poster child of a “good kid” - AP classes, varsity sports, excellent grades, volunteering, lots of friends....more

5 Things You Can Personally Do To Stop Drunk & Drugged Driving

Lisa FrederiksenNational Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month is celebrated annually in December. What can you do in the next few weeks to support the intent of this very important national celebration month?For many, it’s impossible to understand why such a celebration month is necessary. For many, it’s a surprise to know how little it takes. Based on the weight variable alone, a person’s BAC (blood alcohol content) will likely be .08 or higher with the following quantities/time period:...more

Preventing Health Impacts of Secondhand Drinking is Not About Prohibition

Lisa FrederiksenSecondhand drinking is term to describe the impacts on the person who is on the receiving end of another person’s drinking behaviors. Drinking behaviors include:...more

Not The Usual When It Comes to Talking With Your Teen About Drinking

Lisa FrederiksenIt's difficult to know what to say to an older teen when it comes to drinking alcohol -- especially when "everybody's doing it." One approach is to share information from the perspective of how to stay safe when around friends who are drinking. Here are three informational conversation starters for these kinds of talks:...more

5 Things Parents Shouldn't Do When It Comes to Drinking

Lisa FrederiksenThe following post, originally appearing May 3, 2011 on Decoder at The Partnership at, received 11 new comments from young people, today, so I thought it worth sharing here...“If you’re going to drink, just don’t drive.”“At least when I host the party and take away the keys, I know they’re safe.”...more

Drunk Walking?

Lisa Frederiksen My apologies! I cannot seem to load this one so if you'd like to read it, please click here: Again, my apologies!!   ...more