Because of the way the brain develops during the teen and young adult years, those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21 (16% versus 3%).
Alcohol is a drug. It is a substance that changes the way the body or mind functions. Alcohol is also the number one drug of choice for teens. Consider these facts:
Nearly 11 million youth between the ages of 12 and 20 reported using alcohol in the last 30 days.1
Eleven percent of California youth surveyed are binge drinkers, or those who have had five or more drinks in a row within the last two weeks.2
Over 65% of youth classified as heavy drinkers (those who drink more than five drinks at once on at least five different days in the last month) concurrently used drugs.2
As youth get older, there is a notable increase in drinking. Eleventh graders are at particular risk for engaging in excessive drinking and experiencing alcohol related problems. Thirty percent of 11th graders were classified as excessive alcohol users (ones who regularly use alcohol, have been drunk three or more times, or like to get drunk).2
Over-the-counter drug literacy a must for tweens and teens
Source: Desert News
There’s so much for parents to talk about with teens heading off to college for the first time.
There’s the safe-sex talk, the nutrition talk, the get-enough-sleep talk, the partying talk and the study-hard talk. In between all the talking and the packing and the planning, teaching kids how to safely self-medicate with over-the-counter preparations for colds, headaches and sore muscles might not be on the parental radar.
But it should be. And it should land there well before move-in day.
According to national surveys of parents and sixth-graders, tweens got a failing grade for knowledge about the proper use of OTC medicines. Only about half knew such medicines can be dangerous when improperly used or mixed with other drugs.
Do you know if your teen has ever driven while drunk? Yes or No
Teen Drinking, Smoking on the Decline, U.S. Study Finds
Source: HealthDay News
Although more American teens are using marijuana, their use of alcohol and cigarettes has decreased, a new study finds.
Penn State researchers reviewed information from nearly 600,000 high school seniors surveyed about their substance use between 1976 and 2013.
The results showed an increase in marijuana use, particularly among black teens. The study also found a significant decline in cigarette use, particularly among white teens.
In 1993, black teens were equally likely to use marijuana or cigarettes. Their use of marijuana has risen since then, the study revealed. White teens were more likely to smoke cigarettes than use marijuana until 2011. At that time, their use of marijuana became slightly higher than their use of cigarettes, the study showed.
Pay attention to the presence of air fresheners like Febreze, which can be used to mask the scent of marijuana smoke or meth fumes on clothes, in cars or in rooms.
Which drug – alcohol, heroin, meth or prescription medications – do you think is responsible for the most teen deaths? Answer: More young people die from alcohol-related suicide, homicide or accident than all other drugs combined.
Discard of expired or extra prescription medications at drug “take back” days. Or discard them in the trash after placing them in something repugnant like used kitty litter.
Kids do not set out to become alcoholics, but for those with the genetic predisposition towards alcohol dependence, that first experiment with a fruity, fun wine or a sweet “after dinner drink” can set the stage for a lifetime of chemical dependency.
Establish clear family rules about alcohol and other drugs. For example – Kids will not ride in a car with someone who has been drinking or using drugs.