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Teen Alcohol Use
Teen alcohol statistics show nearly 30% of teens have experimented with or continue to drink alcohol. What can you do about teen alcohol use? This article will review some suggestions on communicating with your teen about alcohol use and alcohol treatment.
Alcohol is the most commonly used psychoactive substance during adolescence. Its use is associated with motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and deaths; with problems in school and in the workplace; and with fighting, crime, and other serious consequences. Early onset of heavy drinking may be especially problematic, potentially increasing the likelihood of negative outcomes.
It is never too early to educate your children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use. The first step in educating your teen is to first educate yourself on drug and alcohol abuse. Alcohol consumption and alcoholism by our Nation's teens is rapidly growing. Statistics also show that this is not a specific age, sex, race or demographic problem.
Teen Alcohol Statistics In 2004:
Among youth aged 12-20, past month alcohol use rates ranged from 16.4% among Asians to 19.1% among blacks, 24.3% among American Indians or Alaska Natives, 26.4% among those representing two or more races, 26.6% among Hispanics and 32.6% among whites. Current alcohol use rates were higher in small metropolitan areas than in large metropolitan areas: Rates were 31.6% in small metropolitan areas, 27% in large metropolitan areas, and 28.8% in non-metropolitan areas. The rate in non-metropolitan rural areas was 28.7%
Drinking has become prevalent and the statistics more frightening every day. We need to educate teens, not only in schools, but also in the home. Too often parents are scared to talk to their teens about alcohol usage or are in disbelief. In order to change the statistics, parents need to step in and communicate with their teens on alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Studies have shown that teens who are close to their parents are less likely to try drugs and alcohol. The more interaction between a teen and parent, the more self worth they have and as a result, they will not be as likely to fall into peer pressure and they will not be afraid to communicate if or when they need help.
In this hectic world we live in, how do you get close to your teens? Some ways to build a closer relationship are as follows:
Not only will the above tips help parents become closer to their teens, it will help teens make the right choices as a result of self value and family trust.
If you do find that their teen is using alcohol, get them help immediately. Treatment facilities, both inpatient and outpatient, are located across the United States. The earlier you get your teen help, the less likely it is for the problem to escalate into something bigger. If the problem does escalate and you are unable to handle it, boarding schools and private schools are also options.
Remember: Don't be afraid to communicate with your teen, ask your teen how their day was or what tests they have coming up. This will build a moat around your teen that will help protect them from peer pressure.
Teen Alcohol Use Sources
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