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Alcoholism & Addiction

Heavy Alcohol Consumption and Negative Teen Side Effects

When a teenager experiments with alcohol for the first time it’s called early initiation. This is a serious concern because many teens that use alcohol recreationally develop a dependence by the time they reach adulthood. In addition to the increased risk of addiction, there are many immediate risks associated with adolescent alcohol consumption, including risky sexual behaviors that can result in an unplanned...

Alcohol Advertising Heavily Targets African American Teens

Advertising focused on marketing alcohol and tobacco products requires careful regulation. The industry self-regulates marketing, including avoiding placing ads in the media most consumed by underage youth. However, because teenagers are heavy consumers of media, advertisers must be diligent about understanding the demographics of the media where they place ads. A new study by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and...

Should Parents Let Teens Drink?

When Martha’s children were in their early teens, Martha had a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol. When she saw beer at a party her then-14-year-old daughter was attending, she broke it up and told all the kids to call their parents. When her son was about the same age, she grounded him for a month after learning he had a drinking episode. But when her children reached their late teens, she loosened the...

Oregon Ranks 16th in Nation for Underage Drinking

A national study on the use of illegal drugs shows that Oregon kids rank 16th in the nation for alcohol abuse. The study finds that about 21 percent of people between 12 and 20 have used alcohol in the past month. Doctor Peter Delany of the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration says four percent of them buy their own alcohol. He said many parents concentrate on other problems. "People...

Hundreds of Students Suspended from School due to Alcohol Abuse in Ireland

Over a five-year period, 360 students were suspended from secondary schools in Northern Ireland because of alcohol abuse. The BBC reports that the figures were released in response to an assembly question which was asked by the SDLP MLA Thomas Burns. Burns said he was "shocked" by the number of suspensions, which he described as "totally unacceptable." He added, "The last thing anyone wants...

Australian Parents Believe Underage Drinking OK With Supervision

Parents can have a significant influence on their children, especially when alcohol is involved. More than half of adults in Australia and 63 percent of those with a higher income level, believe that 15- to 17-year-olds should be allowed to consume alcohol as long as they are under parental supervision at home. The latest MBF Healthwatch survey, summarized in a Science Daily release, surprised Bupa Australia Chief...

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