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Underage Drinking at Parties: Consequences for Teens

As your teen starts attending parties with their peers, starting the conversation to prevent them from succumbing to the peer pressure to drink alcohol should be a top priority for parents. Alcohol is the most widely abused substance by youth, and every year, underage drinking results in the death of 3,500 children under the age […]

Teenage Drinking Statistics: Underage Drinking in America

Get ready to start the conversation with your children about underage drinking by beefing up your knowledge of some of the latest teenage drinking statistics among America’s youth. As kids mature, their natural inclination is to assert their independence and test boundaries. Arming them with the facts will make it less likely they will succumb […]

Why Do Teens Drink Alcohol?

Why do teens drink alcohol? The answer may seem obvious, but there is a lot more that goes into the decision to drink underage than you may think. In addition to social factors such as peer pressure, there are also a host of other factors and circumstances that contribute to teenage drinking. Learn more about […]

Legal Drinking Age: Is It Ever Legal for Minors to Drink?

“Just a sip.” How many parents have said this to their children? It might seem harmless, but there is a legal drinking age for a reason. Don’t let the temptation to be a “cool parent” lead you to make bad decisions when it comes to underage drinking. Allowing children to consume alcohol before they reach […]

Explaining Teen Blood Alcohol Concentration: A Visual Guide

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is a term that many teenagers are familiar with, but they may not know exactly what it means and how it impacts them. How much do teens really know about BAC, its effects, and what it means for their health and safety? Your teen may know that 0.08 is the legal […]

10 Tactics to Open Communication Pathways with Your Teen

Navigating the hairpin turns of the teenage years will be challenging for kids and parents. Your oldest may zoom through adolescence, deftly navigating every sharp curve, and make it through with barely a scratch. And just when you start to think you’ll breeze over the parenting finish line your next child throws a wrench in […]

Peer Pressure to Drink: How the Teen Brain Responds

Peer pressure is a powerful weapon in the fight against underage drinking — it can have either a positive or a negative impact. When teenagers encourage their friends to make good grades, to be nice to each other, or to avoid alcohol, that’s positive peer pressure. Alternatively, when teenagers encourage each other to misuse alcohol […]

Positive Peer Pressure — Four Ways Teens Can Hold Each Other Accountable

When it comes to underage drinking, “peer pressure” often has a negative connotation. In fact, 75 percent of teenagers admit to participating in activities like partying and underage drinking because they see their peers on social media doing similar things. For many teens, “fitting in” is more important than making the right decision. But what […]

Parenting Advice for Kids who are Already Drinking

Despite the illegality of underage drinking, for many teenagers and young adults, alcohol use is already the norm. In fact, nearly 60 percent of young people have had at least one alcoholic beverage by the time they turn 18. As teens try to find some level of independence in their lives, they are not realistically […]