Alcohol – the easiest drug for our kids to obtain. Friends, older brothers and sisters, and – unfortunately – some parents will buy it for their teens. After all, “it’s a right of passage” … “I drank, and I’m okay” … “my parents served it to us”.
But here are the facts... the earlier a child starts to drink, the more likely that heavy alcohol use will stay with him or her for the rest of their lives. The younger a child is when they take their first drink, the higher the chance that they will become an alcoholic.
- If your child begins drinking before the age of 15, they have a 40% chance of becoming an alcoholic.
- If they start before 17, the chances drop to 24.5%.
- And if they wait until they’re 21, the legal drinking age, the chances drop to 10%.
Add to that these facts... alcohol and other drug use can impair judgment, which can result in inappropriate sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), injuries and car crashes. Habitual use can lead to an inability to control drinking, blackouts and memory loss, cirrhosis of the liver, vitamin deficiencies, damage to heart and central nervous system, weight gain, sexual impotence, and may also interfere with personal relationships.
The Legal Drinking Age is 21: Why That’s a Good Idea According to the American Medical Association
- Adolescent drinkers scored worse than non-drinkers on vocabulary, general information, memory, memory retrieval and at least three other tests
- Verbal and nonverbal information recall was most heavily affected, with a 10 percent performance decrease in alcohol drinkers
- Adolescent drinkers perform worse in school, are more likely to fall behind and have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence
- Alcohol affects the sleep cycle, resulting in impaired learning and memory as well as disrupted release of hormones necessary for growth and maturation
- Alcohol use increases risk of stroke among young drinkers
A Resource for Parents & Mentors to Talk to Teens About Alcohol
The Health Alliance on Alcohol Series is written by experts, doctors in adolescent medicine and parents themselves from New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. These materials are designed to be a resource for understanding the facts and statistics around specific issues and underage drinking before discussing the topics with teens. Like the Alliance for Safe Kids, HAA hopes to challenge parents to start and keep up on-going conversations with their teens.
As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. But, did you know that in 2014 there were 18 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Paddy’s Day? This year, […]
With prom season right around the corner, The Alliance for Safe Kids, the YHS PTSA, and Yorktown High School are presenting “What Every Parent and Senior Should Know About Prom, Parties, and Potential Problems.” this Thursday evening. Alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety […]
*TITLE OF PRODUCTION: House Party PSA *TYPE OF PRODUCTION: Video *COMPANY: Alliance for Safe Kids – 2051 Baldwin Road – Yorktown Heights – Suite 112 *PRODUCTION PERSONNEL: Contact: David Levin and Abby Tinari – 914-736-1450 firstname.lastname@example.org *PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION: Public Service Announcement (PSA): Teen house-party / mock documentary *COMPENSATION & UNION STATUS: Non-Union – Meals included. Non-paying. *Roles: Teenagers, Male & Female […]
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk Are You Drinking? If so, don’t drive. Follow these tips to have fun, stay alive, and avoid getting pulled over or crashing your vehicle on game day. Before Super Bowl Sunday, make a game plan that includes a sober driver – someone who will not be drinking at all. […]
The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, February 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and highway safety and law enforcement officials are urging football fans to call the […]