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What to Know About Teenage Drinking
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Hi, I’m Caroline Sullivan, here with About.com and I’m going to be giving you tips on what to know about teen drinking.What constitutes an abuse problem with alcohol are drinking in spite of negative consequences that happen. It could include having difficulty in school, having difficult participating in sports, your relationships are kind of going south, you’re arguing a little more with your friends.The SAMHSA study, they follow about 15,000 adolescents across the country and what they’re finding out is that by the age of 12, 1 out of every 10 to 12 year-old has had a drink in the past year. Over 10,000,000 youth between the ages of 12-24 have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days alone. If an adolescent takes their first drink by the age of 15, they are more likely to become alcoholic when they get older than those adolescents who abstain from alcohol use by the age of 21. There are over 110,000 arrests for young adults for drinking and driving. 31% of adolescents who die in a fatal car crash had been drinking.Teens start drinking for a number of different reasons. They drink to deal with the stress they face in their life, difficulty in school or relationships, they drink because of peer pressure which actually is internal. Media also has a great influence on why a teen will start drinking. But one of the major influences on why a teen will start drinking is their family, is their parents. They see their parents drink, they see their siblings drink and they want to be a part of it.This concept of binge drinking has been much more in the news lately and what binge drinking is, is consuming 5 or more drinks over a short period of time. When these adolescents are surveyed, the parents are also surveyed. When they were asking about binge drinking, for the adolescents 1 out of 5 admitted to binge drinking, for the parents only 1 out of 100 thought their child was engaged in binge drinking. A lot of parents will ask their child if they drink and the child will say no, and the parent will then say okay we don’t need to have the conversation. The parents really need to get engaged in how the child feels about it, what does their social life entail, and find out their motivations for drinking if they are. See if it’s something that can be addressed and set firm limits and boundaries with the adolescent. It’s about coming together as a community and teaching our kids another way to have fun without drinking.Thanks for watching, to learn more, visit About.com. 
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