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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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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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