They drink to excess. Statistics show that the majority of current teen drinkers got drunk in the previous month. Underage drinking is linked to injury and risky behavior. Brain Development and Alcohol Abuse Research indicates that the human brain continues to develop into a person's early 20's.
Column: 7 things to know about teenage drinking (and how to deal with it)
When do kids start drinking alcohol? - ChildrensMD
If you're talking to your kid about the important issues in life, the subject of alcohol is bound to come up. In some ways, the "alcohol talk" is a lot like the "sex talk": Ideally, you'll have the discussion long before your child really needs it. Learning about alcohol at an early age can keep him or her from making mistakes and dealing with unpleasant consequences later on. But if your teen has already started drinking, the conversation has to change. Some parents know for a fact that their teen is already drinking, but others have nothing more to go on than nagging suspicions.
However, as I journey through the minefield that is parenting teens, I am more and more convinced that the strength of my relationship with them is ultimately the only real control I have over my teens. I cannot force them to do what I want and I simply alienate them from me, so what is the alternative? If I give them the facts of drinking at an early age, give reasons not to drink and provide ways to avoid dangerous situations, it will help them to identify fun alternatives to drinking and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Do we drink to excess? And if so, what message are we sending out to our teens?
You talked to your teen many times about drinking. What do you do? Here are 5 steps to take in response to underage drinking.
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