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How to prevent underage drinking during the holidays image

The holidays are a time for fun and celebration, but, unfortunately, also a time of risk for young people. On an average December day, more than 11,000 young people in the United States, aged 12 to 17, will use alcohol for the first time. Some of these young adults will not make it to the New Year, as nearly 400 young people under age 21 die from alcohol-related causes every month, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In December 2013, a staggering 733 people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, compared with other age groups, teen drivers are at a greater risk of death in ...

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College student’s daily marijuana use highest since 1980 image

Marijuana use among college students has reached a historic high, according to the latest Monitoring the Future study published in July. College student’s daily marijuana rose from 3.5% in 2007 to 5.9% in 2014. That means 1 in every 17 college students is smoking marijuana on a daily basis. This is the highest rate observed since 1980, the year when surveying for college students began. The MTF study, conducted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, is made up of a series of national surveys of college students and high school graduates. The study notes that the increase may be because fewer adolescents and young adults are viewing marijuana as dangerous. In 2006, 55 % of 19-to-22-year-old high ...

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7 Consequences of Underage Drinking image

A survey by Caron Treatment Centers reveals that 41% percent believe it’s best for teenagers to learn to “drink responsibly” in high school rather than waiting until they’re of legal age, 29% agreed it’s fine for high-school students to drink as long as they don’t drive and only 40%  have parents with a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking. These statistics show that there is a lack of education to parents about the severe dangers of underage drinking. Here are the 7 main consequences of underage drinking (click the down arrow for more information on each point):The brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid-twenties and introducing alcohol during this critical time has serious consequences. The prefrontal cortex enables a person to think clearly, ...

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The truth about underage drinking in the summer image

Summer is a time for teens to experience freedom from school and spend time with friends and family. However, extra free time and lenient rules can also increase underage drinking. A new survey by Caron Treatment Centers reveals 61 percent identified summer as the season teens are most likely to engage in underage drinking. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, summer vacation for most students, has been called “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Nine of the 10 deadliest days for youth on U.S. highways fall between May and August. One reason is that teens are drinking at younger ages. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 5.8 percent of teens ages ...

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Teens on social media are at an increased risk of drinking and drug use image

Parents need to add increased substance abuse risk to the list of reasons to monitor their child’s time online. American teens ages 12-17 who in a typical day spend any time on social networking sites are at increased risk of underage drinking and drug use, according to the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents, a survey conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Facebook is the most popular and frequently used social media platform among American teens ages 13 to 17, with 71% of all teens using the site, according to the Pew Research Center. Instagram and Snapchat follow in teen use with 52% using Instagram and 41% using ...

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5 tips for talking to kids about drugs and alcohol image

Many parents wait until their children are in high school to talk about drugs and alcohol and that can be a mistake. Of course it’s better late than never, but the key when it comes to discussing drugs and alcohol is to start early and stick with it. Did you know that? Children who begin drinking at age 13 have a 45% chance of becoming alcohol dependent. The average age of first use of alcohol is 13.5 in Texas. Half of all lifetime cases of mental and substance use disorders begin by age 14. The average age of first marijuana use is 13.7 years old in Texas. These few statistics show the need for prevention efforts at a young age. This ...

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