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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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9 ways to delay teen drinking image

Research shows that the younger a person is when they start to drink, the greater the risk of alcohol-related problems later in life. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, children who begin drinking at age 13 have a 45% chance of becoming alcohol-dependent. However, a person who starts drinking at the legal age of 21 has only a 7% chance of becoming addicted. In addition, the brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid-twenties and introducing alcohol during this critical time has serious consequences. Here are 9 ways to delay teen drinking until the legal age of 21: 1. Have consistent, ongoing conversations about the dangers of underage drinking. Click this link to learn about the consequences ...

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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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Talk to your kids about alcohol before middle school, doctors say image

Talking to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking before 10 is crucial, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, most parents are waiting too long to talk to their kids about alcohol. One-third of parents wait until their children are 14 to 19 years old, already in high school, to start talking about alcohol, according to a survey released by Mothers against Drunk Drinking and Nationwide Insurance in April. The AAP report states that children start to think positively about alcohol between ages 9 and 13. Exposure to alcohol advertising and marketing can heavily influence if, and how much, young people drink, according to the AAP committee of doctors. The doctors emphasize the ...

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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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3 ways to prevent underage drinking on July 4th image

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports hospital emergency visits dealing with drinking are high during the Fourth of July holiday, doubling when it comes to underage drinking. A 2014 study by SAMHSA showed the number of underage drinking-related visits to the emergency room was 87 percent higher during the Fourth of July weekend than any other day in July. To ensure a safe holiday, here are three ways you can prevent underage drinking on July 4th. 1. Don’t allow underage kids to drink alcohol This seems like an obvious one, but don’t provide alcohol to minors and make sure they aren’t getting alcohol from friends or other family members. Sixty-five percent of underage drinkers get their alcohol from friends ...

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