Teenage Drinking Starting Earlier

Teenage Drinking Starting Earlier

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“Teenagers often think that drinking will give you more energy, but alcohol isn’t an energy drink; it’s a depressant,” said Sarah B. www.teenibk.com

“In 2009, about 10.4 million young people between ages 12 and 20 drank more than “just a few sips” of alcohol. By the age of 15, half of teens have had at least one drink. By the age 18, more than 70% of teens have had a t least one drink,” according to http://www.niaaa.nih.gov

Are parents not caring and letting their underage teens drink alcohol? “40% of mothers believe that not allowing children to taste alcohol will only make it more appealing,” according to a new study by RTI international and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Recent medical research also stacks up against the idea of introducing children to alcohol in their early teens, which is why in 2009 the Chief Medical Officer recommended an alcohol-free childhood until age 15,” reported http://www.express.co.uk

Genetics. A teen with an alcoholic sibling or parent is four times more likely to develop a problem with alcohol than someone without such a family history.

The presence of mental health disorders. Alcohol problems often go hand in hand with mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

Personality traits. Teenagers who believe alcohol makes it easier to socialize, for example, tend to drink more than those who don’t believe that alcohol loosens their social inhibitions.

Influence of family and peers. Teens are at greater risk for developing alcohol-related problems when alcohol, according to www.helpguide.org