Teen Drinking

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Posted on July 23, 2018
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Is Underage Drinking on the Rise?

Underage drinking is a widespread phenomenon that leads to thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries in the U.S. each year. For these and other reasons, public health officials place a heavy emphasis on decreasing the number of Americans below the age of 21 who consume alcohol.

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Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Posted on May 18, 2017
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

Bicultural Stress and Drinking in Hispanic Immigrant Teens

Immigrating to the U.S. is the dream of many people throughout the Hispanic world, but once arrived, immigrants often struggle. Hispanic immigrants, especially young people, face a lot of pressures and difficulties in this country. For adolescents, the pressure of bicultural stress can be overwhelming. They face pressure from their parents and other older relatives to remember their heritage, and yet they also feel immense pressure to fit in with their new American peers. Recent research shows that, unsurprisingly, this stress can lead to an increased risk of substance abuse.

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Teen and Underage Drinking

Posted on January 6, 2017
Last modified on May 8th, 2019

5 Surprising Facts About Underage Drinking

Ask any high school teacher or guidance counselor about underage drinking and you’ll discover that the underage drinking statistics can be pretty disturbing. Parents may be quick to point out good grades or sports performance as evidence of “not my kid,” but the facts regarding underage drinking statistics indicate that, indeed, many teens are drinking much more and more often than their parents realize.

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Teen Alcohol Abuse

Posted on December 12, 2016
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol?

Alcohol is the most abused substance by teens in the U.S. If you think that your teen is immune to the urges to try drinking, you’re kidding yourself, and that’s dangerous. You need to be aware of the teenage drinking statistics and know what to do if you suspect that your teen is drinking. Alcohol is never safe for an underage drinker, and if you ignore the issue, your teen could suffer the consequences.

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Underage Drinking and Peer Influence

Posted on September 20, 2016
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

What Influences Teen Drinking?

A teen’s decision to participate in illegal, underage drinking is not a simple one, although it may seem like it at the time. There are several factors that go into making that choice, including family history, academic pressure, learned coping strategies, peers and friends, and what parents say and do. Hispanic youth have the added factor of bicultural stress informing the choice to drink or not, but all teens share many of the same life experiences. One of the most important of these is the group of young people they see and associate with every day. New research tells us that friends are important when it comes to the decision to drink.

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