Posts tagged with ‘teen drinking’

Underage drinking refers to minors who consume alcohol. In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21, but the limit varies from 16-18 in other countries. Underage drinking is very dangerous as alcohol consumption can lead to risky behavior such as unprotected sex, driving under the influence, and alcohol-related injuries. In addition, parts of the brain are still developing, so exposure to alcohol can affect cognitive development.

Symptoms of Teen Alcohol Abuse

The most obvious symptom of teen alcohol abuse is repeated smell of alcohol on their breath or coming from their body, along with bloodshot eyes, an unsteady gait and other physical tell-tales. But there are other common symptoms that teens are pretty well into abuse of alcohol. Full Story

Hosts of Parties Drink More Than Their Guests (And Behave More Badly too)

College students who host off-campus parties drink significantly more than their guests and are more likely to engage in behaviors like vandalism, arguments, riots, and drunk driving, according to a new study from Ohio State University. Full Story

Adolescents May Drink More Because of Media Habits

Researchers from Sweden and colleagues from the United Kingdom are closely looking at the connection between the media practices of adolescents and their consumption of alcohol. According to an article in Science Daily, a professor of practical philosophy, Christian Munthe, says there appears to be a strong link between adolescents who watch Tv shows involving alcohol and an increased level of drinking. Full Story

Teen Substance Use is Problematic Now and Later

For parents who had given in and joined the societal shoulder shrug over teen experimentation with substances, a new report should put some strength into the parental backbone. The report comes from CASA, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and deals with use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco by American teens. Full Story

National Report Shows 1 in 4 Young Adults Are Binge Drinkers

A new report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that more than 1 in 4 teenagers and young adults (ages 18 to 34) engage in binge drinking. Even though the dangerous behavior of binge drinking has the potential to lead to immediate health and safety risks, binge drinking occurs almost 4 million times a day among U.S. adults.

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New Book Acts as Parents’ Guide to Talking to Kids about Alcohol Abuse

A new book from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) acts as a parents’ guide to helping prevent middle-school students from drinking alcohol. “Delaying That First Drink: A Parents’ Guide” was created by the AAAS’s Science Inside Alcohol Project, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Parents can find information about the impact of alcohol on the developing brain as well as tips on how to talk to kids about alcohol.

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School-Based Intervention can Help Prevent Teen Substance Abuse

Research shows that over the last 10 years, underage drinking has doubled in the United Kingdom. Researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry conducted a study that suggests that a personality-based intervention held by teachers can help prevent substance abuse among adolescents.

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How to Control Teen Parties and Prevent Drinking of Alcohol

New York’s State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) recently advised parents about the dangers of underage drinking at residential parties. To be blunt, minors who attend parties where alcohol is available are at risk for becoming intoxicated, regardless of whether the actual imbibing of alcohol has been sanctioned by party hosts.
Minors who drink alcohol at celebrations are then at risk for alcohol-related overdoses, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and death.

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Parents’ Warmth and Accountability Influences Heavy Drinking in Teens

 A new study suggests that parenting style doesn’t influence whether a teen tries alcohol, but it does play an important role on whether a teen begins binge drinking, or having more than five drinks in one session. Researchers from Brigham Young University surveyed about 5,000 adolescents between ages 12 and 19 about their relationship with their parents and their own drinking habits.

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Alcohol Use and Sleep Disorders in Teens

A new study from the Netherlands found that many adolescents suffer from sleep problems, and some may start abusing alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate.

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