You lie awake at night worried about your teenager. He or she has always been a challenging child, but recently they’ve morphed into someone you can barely control. You don’t trust their friends, their grades have dropped, and you suspect they’re doing drugs. Any simple request leads to an argument. They’ve had therapy on and off for years with no tangible results. You don’t know how to turn them around and you worry that things will get worse before they get better.
Posted on August 13, 2013 in Teen Drinking
Alcohol is a pervasive part of teen culture. A new report from Britain shows that part of the problem is that young people are not very good at judging how much alcohol they consume. This leads to unsafe levels of drinking.
The British survey, conducted through the University of Sussex, polled people between the ages of 18 and 25 about what they knew and what they believed concerning drinking safely. Participants were questioned about what constitutes safe and unsafe drinking and about their understanding of government drinking guidelines.
Responding to peer pressure is an important focus of prevention education when it comes to reducing the use of alcohol among young people. Teaching individuals how to respond when friends pressure them is a key component to avoiding initiation of alcohol use. However, pressure to drink is not always so overt. Young people may make choices based on a perceived understanding of what behavior is expected of them.
Posted on June 11, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction
Drug, alcohol, and cigarette use among Texas teens has been dropping in recent years. Use of some substances has gone up, while others have gone down or stayed the same. Overall, though, the outlook is good and fewer teens are using these substances. Alcohol and drug abuse among teens poses many serious problems. Young people are more susceptible to the harmful physical effects of using drugs and alcohol. They are also more likely to engage in other risky behaviors when they are using. That overall usage has gone down is great news for the state of Texas.
Posted on May 6, 2013 in Teen Drinking
As part of an effort to curb unhealthy drinking patterns and the risks of abuse and addiction, public health officials in the U.S. issue guidelines for reasonably safe alcohol consumption. Teenagers (who have no legal right to drink) and young adults ignore or abandon these guidelines fairly frequently, and thereby set themselves up for a variety of serious negative health outcomes.
Current research indicates that part of the problem with alcohol consumption in this age group revolves around an inability to properly estimate what constitutes a “drink” according to generally accepted standards. This inability also reduces the usefulness of certain studies on alcohol use, which rely on accurate reporting of alcohol consumption among study participants.