Your child’s brain is still developing well into his or her twenties. Kids who start drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. Click here for concrete tips and skills for parents and caregivers to try out at home. Take it from the doc, you don’t need to be a “mad scientist” in order to parent. Positive parenting is prevention!