abuse seriously affects not only the individual and those
closest to him, but all of society. Teenage drinking is
a major cause of highway deaths. Half of all teenage suicides
Alcohol use in teenagers can
begin for any number of reasons. Peer pressure, stress at
home or school, and psychiatric problems such as depression
or anxiety can all push your teen toward underage drinking.
If you suspect your teenager is drinking, try to determine
if your child drinks alcohol regularly or is just experimenting
with it. While both are serious problems, there is a significant
difference between experimenting with and abusing alcohol.
The articles in this section can give you more information
on teenage alcohol use and its dangers.
As a parent, you
can treat the situation with empathy and understanding—without
condoning the actions of your teenager. Scolding and accusing
your son or daughter for even experimenting with alcohol
can increase their desire to use it. Attending self-help
support groups and receiving encouragement from family members
can help your teenager combat alcohol abuse. The articles
in this section can give you more information about alcohol
and its affects on teenagers. Use these resources to help
you make decisions about helping with your teen.
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