Teen Drinking—Rite of Passage or Passage to Trouble?

Underage-drinking

Many high school and college students say that they attend parties or go out drinking because “there is nothing else to do.” Like older adults, adolescents and young adults enjoy socializing and need a variety of avenues to interact with peers, make new friends, and pursue romantic relationships. In the absence of alcohol-free places to socialize, young people go to parties where alcohol is present. By promoting social, recreational, extracurricular, and public service options that do not include alcohol, students are given the opportunity to socialize in an alcohol-free environment.

For Parents:

  • Talk WITH your kids—Talk early, talk often. Know where they are going, who they are going with, where they will be and when they will be home.
  • Set a good example—Drink responsibly—NEVER drink and drive.
  • Know the warning signs for underage drinking
  • Get involved in your community’s efforts to address underage drinking.
  • Clearly state what actions you expect your teen to take when confronted with substance use. Teens who know what their parents expect from them are much less likely to use substances, including alcohol.

For Teens:

Binge drinking is associated with:

  • Alcohol poisoning.
  • Unintentional injuries (car crashes, falls, burns, drowning).
  • Intentional injuries (sexual assault, domestic violence, firearm injuries).
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Unintended pregnancies.
  • Children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Find out more here: http://www.thecoolspot.gov/index.asp

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