alcohol

An adolescent's decision to use alcohol is influenced by many factors, some physical, some emotional, and some environmental. These factors also influence each other

6 Parenting Practices

Help reduce the chances your child will develop a drug or alcohol problem.

Here are 6 research-supported parenting practices to set you on the right path. Click here to view or download the pdf document from drugfree.org

Make a Difference

Talk to your child about alcohol. Click here for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publication.

Create a contract with your teen: Put your drug and alcohol rules in writing

From the Center for Disease Control:

  • Binge drinking among high school students increases with every grade level.
  • 1 out of 5 high school girls binge drink at least 3 times a month. Binge drinking for girls is 4 or more drinks in a 2 hour period. For boys: 5 or more drinks in a 2 hour period.
  • When this amount of drinking occurs in one session, bad things happen: death, alcohol poisoning, assault, STDs, car crashes
  • Nearly 90% of all alcohol consumed by young people is taken during binge drinking drinking sessions

 

Why Teens May Choose To Drink

An adolescent's decision to use alcohol is influenced by many factors, some physical, some emotional, and some environmental. These factors also influence each other. They include:

  • The social systems in which teens live
  • The increase in risk-taking that usually accompanies adolescence
  • Decreased parental supervision and greater independence
  • Increased time spent alone and with peers
  • Increased stress
  • What adolescents see and hear about alcohol

 

Alcohol and Drug Combinations Are More Likely to Have a Serious Outcome Than Alcohol Alone in Emergency Department Visits Involving Underage Drinking

 


 

 Underage Alcohol Operation - confidential informants routinely enter convenience stores and attempt to buy alcohol, here are results of the latest attempts