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Why do Teens Decide to Start Drinking

Experts say that around 80 percent of teens experiment with alcohol before they finish high school. Since drinking is illegal for them and contrary to the wishes of most parents why do so many teens take the chance? Here are some common reasons why teens decide to start drinking. Most of the explanations behind teen […]

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Ways Teens Attempt to Hide Alcohol Use From Parents

It is perfectly normal for teens to enjoy thrills. Their brain is in a phase of development particularly suited to thrill-seeking. And because they are young with relatively little life experience, it is also common for them to feel invulnerable. They are strong and healthy and they cannot imagine not being so. It’s also normal […]

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Social Media: New Medium, Old Problem

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) sponsored research in 2011 which took a look at how teen use of social media could be influencing them toward drug or alcohol use. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr are part of everyday life for most teens. It’s a new medium for […]

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Teens Perform Poorly in School When They Drink and Become Isolated

For a lot of teens, drinking alcohol can be a way to fit in. Unsure of themselves and insecure about their ability to be accepted, some teens will decide to drink. The cruel irony of this decision is that, in some school environments, the teen winds up feeling even more ostracized and alone than the […]

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Parental Attitudes Toward Underage Drinking Makes an Impact According to Research

Are high school and college kids destined to drink heavily? Not according to scientific study.  Research at universities around the nation show that parents who lay down the law about underage drinking really do help their kids say no to drinking. This is important since studies also demonstrate how drinking during the years before college […]

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Lies Behind the New Trend of Smoking Alcohol

The latest fashions, the hippest music, the newest expressions – teens keep up with it all. YouTube has become a fast-track for sharing cutting edge information among teens. While much of YouTube sharing is relatively harmless, it’s also a place where bad ideas go viral. A prime example of this is the popularity of videos […]

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Kids Are More Like Their Friends Than They Think

What is the strongest factor influencing whether or not your teen will drink alcohol? A study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism points to the attitudes of friends as the number one determining influence on when and whether a […]

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Drunk Driving Not the Only Risk For Underage Drinkers

Many will recognize the acronym MADD as the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The group  is actively involved in educating teens and parents about the dangers of underage drinking and, as their name suggests, grew out of the grief from losing a child to an alcohol-related traffic fatality. But MADD is behind research which […]

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Boys and Girls Are Both at Risk For Underage Drinking

The problem of underage drinking was once a male-dominated problem. Boys once outranked girls when it came to experimenting with alcohol before age 21. Not so much anymore. Today there is a lot more parity between the sexes when it comes to underage drinking. Today more than half of all kids ages 12 – 20, […]

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BC Rocks Works To Help Parents Stand Together Against Teen Alcohol Use

Do you think that by allowing your teenager to have alcohol at home you can de-mystify alcohol and safely monitor its use? Or have you heard that that if teens are allowed to drink under your roof that they will not be as likely to abuse alcohol later on? These are common myths that many […]

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