San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Alcohol Use by Teens
kids and teens try alcohol long before it's legal for them to purchase
alcoholic beverages including wine and beer. Research has shown that
nearly 80% of high school kids have tried alcohol. Drinking during
their junior/senior high school and college years provides status
within their peer group.
Although experimentation with
commonly occurs within these age groups, it's
not safe or legal for parents to encourage their children to drink at
home. It's important to start discussing alcohol use
and starting at an early age frequently results in an escalation that
can result in a serious impairment of judgment. Encourage them to wait
until they reach the legal drinking age and to drink responsibly.
Alcohol is a mood altering drug that lowers an individual's inhibitions and interferes with a person's ability to make good decisions. alcohol is extremely dangerous for kids and teens who have less experience making good decisions.
Short-term effects of drinking include:
Long-term effects include:
Childhood is a time of learning and discovery, so it's important to encourage kids to ask questions at an early age, even questions that might be hard to answer. Open, honest, age appropriate communication sets the stage for your kids to come to you later with other difficult topics or problems.
Parents need to lead by
abstaining from drinking and driving and drinking in moderation in
social and business settings when a designated driver is available.
Take a pledge never to drink and drive. By not being a hypocrite, you
dramatically increase the chances that your child will just say "no"
when presented with a chance to drink alcohol.
Alcohol and Sports
Drug Rehab 4 Teens Drug and Alcohol Treatment designed for struggling teens/adolescents.
Teen Alcohol Abuse Causes, Symptoms, Signs, Risk Factors Get the facts on teenage drinking and learn the causes, risk factors, symptoms and signs of intoxication, treatment, dangers (alcohol poisoning,
Alcohol Deciding whether to drink is a personal decision that we each eventually have to make. Get the facts about alcohol.
Teens and Alcohol - Teen Drug Abuse An article describing some of the major health risks of teen alcohol abuse.
Focus Adolescent Services: Alcohol and Teen Drinking The average age when youth first try alcohol is 11 years for boys and 13 years for girls. The average age at which Americans begin drinking regularly is 15.9
Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs | American Academy of Child ... Experimentation with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common. Unfortunately, teenagers often don't see the link between their actions today and the consequences.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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