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Schools Can Help to Detect Teen Alcohol Problems

Posted on April 22, 2015 in Teen Drinking

Schools Can Help to Detect Teen Alcohol Problems

Parents or guardians are on the front lines when it comes to detecting and addressing underage alcohol use. However, it can be difficult for parents and guardians at home to get the full picture when it comes to their teenagers’ behaviors and attitudes. This is because of the many hours that teens spend at school and school-related or extracurricular activities. As a result, teachers and school officials can also play an important role in recognizing the signs that a teenager may have developed an alcohol use problem.

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Drinking With Others Reduces Risky Behaviors in Teens

Posted on August 6, 2014 in Teen Drinking

Drinking With Others Reduces Risky Behaviors in Teens

Researchers and public health officials know that peer pressure to consume alcohol can lead to increased participation in various types of dangerous drinking practices. However, such pressure could have the opposite effect if a person’s peer group promotes moderate alcohol intake. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from two British universities compared the alcohol consumption patterns of young adults in the company of moderate-drinking peers to the patterns of young adults who drink on their own. These researchers concluded that individuals who drink with peers who don’t consume excessive alcohol tend to reduce their involvement in risky alcohol-related practices.

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Alcohol Marketers May Ignore Important Data

Posted on July 3, 2014 in alcohol and drug addiction

Alcohol Marketers May Ignore Important Data

Underage drinking was the focus of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s (NCADD) 2014 Alcohol Awareness Month, held in April. During the event, various agencies worked together to promote public awareness and understanding, as well as launching efforts to reduce stigma and provide information about the risks of alcohol consumption.

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drinking and driving teens

Posted on December 19, 2013 in Teen Drinking

Teen Drinking and Driving and Homecoming a Deadly Mix

As homecoming season approaches, girls are worried about what dress to wear, guys worry about whether they’ll find a date and parents worry about kids drinking and driving.

While parents are correct to be concerned about the temptation and dangers of drinking and driving, having a frank discussion with teens about the realities of underage drinking could go a long way toward diffusing fear on the parent’s side and misperceptions on the teen’s end.

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new face of underage drinking

Posted on November 22, 2013 in Teen Drinking

The New Face of Underage Drinking

Preventing underage drinking is becoming more difficult as popular trends and fads are increasing alcohol consumption among teens. Michelle Nienhius, a Prevention Consultant with the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, points out in a recent article that young people are going to great lengths to obtain alcohol. This includes risky behavior that can turn deadly.

One such behavior is called eyeballing. This is where the drinker puts a shot of alcohol in his or her eye. Another is Chilly Willy which involves alcohol being sucked up the nose. Other, more extreme drinkers, are soaking tampons in alcohol and inserting them or even drinking hand sanitizer.

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drinking alcohol at young age

Posted on November 13, 2013 in Teen Drinking

Consuming Alcohol at a Younger Age May Lead to Addiction

There have been many studies which have shown that the earlier a person begins drinking alcohol the more vulnerable they will be to addiction and other alcohol-related problems.  However two new studies show that timing can be nearly everything. One study here in the U.S. indicates that letting small children even take sips of a parent’s alcoholic beverage can lead to later bad drinking habits. A study in Germany suggests that kids who start drinking during puberty are more at risk than just about anyone.

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underage drinking

Posted on July 1, 2013 in Teen Drinking, Teen Drug Addiction, Teen Mental Health

Parents Are in the Dark About Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a problem in every corner of the country, and the state of Texas is no exception. Drinking before the age of 21 is not only illegal, it is dangerous. Because teens in Texas are drinking illegally, they often do it far away from adult supervision. This means that they are more likely to drink too much, to get alcohol poisoning, to overdose, and to make poor decisions about a variety of things, not least of which is driving. There are numerous statistics to show why drinking underage is prevalent in Texas, and damaging to Texas teens.

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Tracking the Underage Population

Posted on April 25, 2012 in alcohol and drug addiction

Tracking the Underage Population

There’s a new way to measure how much exposure young adults are getting to alcohol.

A Medical News Today report reveals a new online tool from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to help officials determine how much radio advertising is getting through to pre-teens and teens.

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