Most people know someone with a drinking problem or have had someone from their past who had a drinking problem. Alcoholism effects families, friends and communities. More than likely the person with the drinking problem started to drink in his/her teens. Research shows:
Approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die each year in this nation as a result of underage drinking, which includes motor vehicle crashes, alcohol poisoning, and unintentional injuries according to Jill Spineti, President and CEO of the Governors Prevention Partnership.
BeTheParents.org is a prevention tool to educate Idahos parents, guardians, community members and organizations on the detrimental effects of underage drinking. The campaign was created with the support of the Idaho State Prevention Committee with the hope of motivating and empowering parents to take a role in their childrens lives, with the objective of eliminating underage drinking and its devastating effects here in Idaho.
A recent study conducted by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Liberty Mutual Insurance revealed that almost one out of every three teens admitted to drinking alcohol in the presence of their parents. Similarly, 25 percent said their parents allow them to drink alcohol away from home. Oftentimes young drinkers and their parents dont realize they are in trouble until it is too late. Youth get enslaved to toxins that disconnect them from a healthy life, which can permanently affect achievement of a young persons dreams and aspirations.
Parents have influence
Parents who are actively involved in their kids lives and set clear rules and expectations on no alcohol use have a powerful influence on their childrens decision to remain alcohol- free. “What parents may not realize is that children say parental disapproval of underage drinking is the key reason they have chosen not to drink” stated Charles Curie, former Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.￼
Alcohol affects a teenagers developing brain differently than an adults. Alcohol can damage kids brains and increase the risk of addiction. Memory, learning and impulse control can be seriously impaired leading to early addiction. One example is an adolescent brain is not fully formed. It has not yet developed the “shut-off” switch that adults have developed which makes a person get sleepy or pass out from too much alcohol—and thus stop drinking. As a result, most teens can drink dangerous amounts of alcohol before passing out — in most cases much more than an adult. It is important to know that the lethal dose of alcohol (that can cause death) is just a tiny bit more than the passing-out dose. This is called alcohol poisoning.
The epidemic of teenage drinking is preventable. Everyone can play a role in helping youth make positive choices; explore BeTheParents.org website to learn how to be part of the solution.
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