ALCOHOL 101

Why Do So Many Young People Drink?

  • Peer pressure

  • Increased independence, or desire for it

  • Stress

 

Warning Signs of Underage Drinking

  • Changes in mood, including anger and irritability

  • Academic and/or behavioral problems in school

  • Rebelliousness

  • Changing groups of friends

  • Low energy level

  • Less interest in activities and/or care in appearance

  • Finding alcohol among a young person’s things

  • Smelling alcohol on a young person’s breath

  • Problems concentrating and/or remembering

  • Slurred speech

  • Coordination problems

 

What is “binge drinking?”

For boys:

  • Ages 9–13: About 3 drinks

  • Ages 14–15: About 4 drinks

  • Ages 16–17: About 5 drinks

For girls:

  • Ages 9–17: About 3 drinks

 

The Role Parents Play

  • Talking about the dangers of drinking

  • Drinking responsibly, if they choose to drink

  • Serving as positive role models in general

  • Not making alcohol available

  • Getting to know their children’s friends

  • Having regular conversations about life in general

  • Connecting with other parents about sending clear messages about the importance of not drinking alcohol

  • Supervising all parties to make sure there is no alcohol

  • Encouraging kids to participate in healthy and fun activities that do not involve alcohol

 

Marijuana and Teens

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Driving

Description of Article:

Because driving is such a common activity, it’s easy to forget how you really must stay alert to stay safe. While it may seem like your body goes on automatic when accelerating or changing lanes, your brain is actually in high gear.
Drugs and alcohol interfere with the brain’s ability to function properly. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient in marijuana, affects areas of the brain that control your body’s movements, balance, coordination, memory, and judgment.1-3

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens

Description of Article:

The teen years are a time of rapid growth, exploration, and onset of risk taking. Taking risks with new behaviors provides kids and teens the opportunity to test their skills and abilities and discover who they are. But, some risk behaviors—such as using marijuana—can have harmful and long-lasting effects on a teen’s health and well-being.