Have you allowed your teen to drink a little wine or beer with you before?
Underage drinking has become a rite of passage in many families. Some parents drink alcoholic beverages with their children from time to time, regardless if they are underage or not.
But the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and thousands of communities are telling parents that underage drinking is not the way. During April, Alcohol Awareness Month, communities will unite to educate parents and youth about the dangers of underage drinking.
Underage alcohol use is directly associated with violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction.
4 Reasons Underage Drinking Needs To End
- People who start drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21
- Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year
- Approximately 189,000 emergency room visits are a result of underage drinking
- Kids who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crime and alcohol-related traffic crashes
Parents Attitude Towards Drinking Has Life-Altering Impact On Teen
According to the NCADD, children who learn about the risks of underage drinking from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs than kids who don’t.
While raising teens, parents face a unique set of challenges, which can encourage underage drinking as a rite of passage. But the truth is underage drinking can lead to an alcohol addiction or other issues.
Parents can make a difference in their teens’ lives by teaching them about the risks of drinking and putting an end to underage drinking.
Inspirations For Youth and Families offers comprehensive treatment for teens ages 13 to 17, who are struggling with substance abuse disorders and mental health issues. Call us at (877) 779-8010 to learn more about how we can help your teen overcome drug addiction.