Teenage Drinking

Drink Spiking: Keep Your Kids Safe From Tampered Drinks

As teens grow into adults, it’s a wonderful time for them to discover who they are. Some teens graduate from high school and head off to a big college campus. Others choose to stay closer to home and continue their education at a local community college or jump directly into the workforce. No matter what […]

Underage Drinking in College: Facts for Parents

Whether your child is heading off to college for the first time this fall, or is already in college, it can be an exciting yet nerve-racking time for parents. You’re probably worried about much more than their children’s grades. Parents are concerned as to whether they’ve prepared their children to make responsible decisions. These decisions […]

How a Parent’s Drinking Affects Their Child

Kids are imitators. From birth, they learn everything they know by watching the people around them. Parents are the first to teach their children to talk, use a spoon, and to walk. They learn our best traits, such as being respectful to the cashier at the grocery store. They also learn our worst traits, like […]

Resistance is Not Futile: 9 Ways to Resist Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is a dynamic social force that encourages the alignment to certain behaviors, values, and beliefs, dictated by the individual or group. Adolescents experience peer pressure as particularly powerful, considering it is thought to be the most impressionable age of influence. When you feel like you’re being pressured to do something that you’d rather […]

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 […]