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Providing Alcohol to Children Increases Risk of Alcohol Abuse Later

Preventing underage drinking is a universal goal. Research has shown that when people initiate alcohol consumption early in life, they are more at risk for alcohol dependence. In addition, individuals who begin drinking in their teen years expose their bodies to alcohol long-term, increasing risk for physical problems, such as certain cancers and liver damage. A study conducted in Australia found that there is an...

Emergency Department Visits for Underage Drinking

Teenagers and young adults under the age of 21 who drink are at an increased risk for developing an addiction to alcohol, and also are at a higher risk of struggling with certain problems, such as illicit drug use and violence. Each year the National Survey on Drug Use and Health gathers information about substance use across all age groups and provides insight into the trends in alcohol consumption among teens and...

Teens’ Perceptions of Substance Abuse

In order to integrate policies for education and prevention of alcohol and drug abuse by teenagers and young adults, the U.S. government provides funding for surveying teens across the country. The Monitoring the Future project is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The survey is administered annually. In the most recent survey, over 45,000 students reported from almost 400 schools across the country....

Study Examines Modifiable Behaviors in Youth Associated with Headaches

A headache isn’t something necessarily unnatural for a high school student to complain about, especially in times of high stress. If such headaches are being caused by activities in which the student should not be engaged in the first place, it might be time to take a closer look. German researchers decided to take a closer look at the phenomenon and their findings were reported in a recent Science Daily...

Substance Abuse and Teens: 2008 Data

On any given day in the United States, there are small miracles that change the course of a person’s life. A new baby is born. A student aces a test. An athlete breaks a school record. Unfortunately, there are small defeats that change the course of a person’s life, too, like running late for the job interview that could have launched a new career, or a citation for driving while intoxicated. A critical...

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...

Advertising Alcohol to Children: Does it Work?

Walking your sixth-grader’s forgotten lunch over to school, you breeze past several places of business. In the plaza very near to your child’s school there’s a salon, a coffee shop, a financial planner. And there’s a bar. The bar’s name is advertised, but there are also several brands of beer advertised with neon signs in the front windows of the establishment. You walk on by, with...

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