Once we had this guy come into our school to talk to us about alcohol and he was really good; he knew that teenagers drink, and that there's not really anything that anyone can do to totally abolish drinking, but he just gave us lots of information on ways to minimise harm and the common mistakes that people make that actually kill people when they're trying to look after them.
I think an open attitude towards alcohol by parents is important, as the reasons why most teens drink to extremes is as a form of rebellion.
I've recently been to Italy where the drinking age is 16, and I went to a New Years party where I don't think anyone really got incredibly drunk, which in the UK would be amazing.
There's such a relaxed attitude to drinking over there that they don't really tend to abuse alcohol. I mean, they drink in bars etc, but they don't get shitfaced like most teens do when they drink.
As a teenager myself, I've had some really bad experiences when I drank way too much, and know I pretty much know my limits, and only drink occasionally to get tipsy or whatever. It's really not that fun getting trashed, and it looks really stupid.
So I've decided to become Italian and drink sensibly
School, parents etc