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 are alcohol-related.
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.
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
© The TeenSupport, Inc. 2000-2009. All Rights Reserved.
TeenSupport.us is a social networking site specifically for college
students ages 18-24.