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Underage Drinking Awareness and Resources
Acccording to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Research indicates that alcohol use during the teenage years could interfere with normal adolescent brain development and increase the risk of developing an AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder). In addition, underage drinking contributes to a range of acute consequences, including injuries, sexual assaults, and even deaths—including those from car crashes.
NCADD reported that more than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs affecting millions more people -- parents, family members, friends and neighbors.
NCADD also noted that using alcohol and drugs before the brain has fully developed increases your risk for future addiction to alcohol and drugs dramatically. Young people who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. Research for drug use and drug addiction has found similar results.
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Some eye opening statistics from MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving)
- TEEN ALCOHOL USE KILLS 4,700 PEOPLE EACH YEAR - THAT’S MORE THAN ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS COMBINED
- KIDS WHO START DRINKING YOUNG ARE SEVEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE IN AN ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASH.
- HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO USE ALCOHOL OR OTHER SUBSTANCES ARE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL.
- OVER 40% OF ALL 10TH GRADERS DRINK ALCOHOL.
- ABOUT ONE IN SEVEN TEENS BINGE DRINKS, YET ONLY 1 IN 100 PARENTS BELIEVE HIS OR HER TEEN BINGE DRINKS.
- One person is killed every 51 minutes.
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What Can You Do as a parent?
SAMHSA offers strategies that you can use to minimize the risk that your child will use alcohol. Please see the link below:
For more information on alcohol and "What You Can Do as a Parent", please visit the "For Parents" Resource section of this website:
Be sure to lock your Liquor Cabinet if you have one. Don't leave it unattended. Kids will drink and replace or dilute the bottle so you don't catch on right away.