Underage drinking kills over 6,000 kids a year more than any other drug combined and over 40 percent of 10th graders drink alcohol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving cited. About 3 out of 4 teens acknowledged that it was their parents that influenced whether they drank or not, not their peers. Armed with this knowledge, it makes sense for parents to be active in their child's life and exhibit a positive influence. Many parents under-estimate the influence they have on their kids when it comes to substance abuse. Unfortunately, it just takes one mistake to create a lot of tragedy. Additionally, many parents drink in front of their kids and do not explain the consequences of overindulging. Kids need to understand there is a difference between drinking a glass of Merlot verses getting drunk. Here are the best things parents can do to prevent teens from drinking.