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Prevent Underage Drinking with Instagram-Worthy Holiday Mocktails

“If it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen!” How many times have parents heard that phrase from their teen? Celebrate safely and in style this holiday season with social media-worthy holiday mocktails (non-alcoholic drinks) to prevent underage drinking. Talk It Out NC, a North Carolina initiative to reduce underage drinking, is mixing up some holiday […]

Punishment for Teenage Drinking — Do’s and Don’ts

You caught your teen sneaking into the house after curfew and they are less than steady on their feet. Based on that and the way they smell, you suspect your teen has been drinking alcohol. They’re busted. What do you do now? Before you decide on a punishment for teenage drinking, take a deep breath. […]

Teenage Alcohol Poisoning: Teens are Far More Susceptible than Adults

Teens are more likely to participate in underage drinking than any other type of substance misuse. Though they’re trying to act grown-up, teens’ bodies process alcohol differently than adults’, which can quickly lead to alcohol poisoning. In fact, the way in which teens process alcohol makes them more likely to binge drink than adults. The […]

Effects of Alcohol on Teens: Physical, Mental, and Emotional

Teens are hard-wired to push parental boundaries. Many believe that sneaking an alcoholic drink with their friends is no big deal. About 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol, and by age 15 the number jumps to 50 percent! What teens and parents may not know is that the effects of alcohol on […]

What are the Six Types of Peer Pressure?

Peer pressure, or influence, comes in several forms, and these types of peer pressure can have a tremendous impact on a young person’s behavior. Research shows the most impressionable age for peer influence seems to be the middle school years. This is when a child is forming new friendships and choosing an identity among those […]

6 Teenage Alcohol Misuse Statistics: The Shocking Reality

Alcohol misuse is a problem across all walks of life, but underage teens are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of drinking alcohol. At this impressionable age, teens are more likely to fall victim to peer pressure. Furthermore, they are often uneducated about the effect alcohol has on their minds and bodies. They rely on […]

5 Causes of Teen Drinking: Why do Kids Drink Alcohol?

The reasons for teen angst are endless. Just like every person is different, there are different reasons why teens may drink alcohol. Even the most confident people can doubt themselves at times. As teens move through middle school and high school, classes are getting more difficult, and puberty also makes things challenging. Don’t brush it […]

Talk It Out NC Gets Support from ACC Commissioner John Swofford

Talk It Out NC is excited for the ringing endorsement from John Swofford, the Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1997. Swofford is calling on all parents, coaches, doctors, and citizens of North Carolina, to Start the Conversation with young people and athletes about the dangers of underage drinking. Under his thoughtful leadership, the […]

Underage Drinking in North Carolina and the USA: Sobering Facts

When was the last time you stopped and considered the consequences of underage drinking? The dangers of underage drinking are more than just lip-service. As a matter of fact, they are a very serious problem that affects an entire generation of young Americans. The statistics from the 2018 North Carolina State Report on Underage Drinking […]