Teen Drinking

Teen drinkingTeen drinking is often concerning to parents, and with good reason. Certainly we were all young once, and we know that alcohol is something with which many teenagers are going to experiment.

Even acknowledging that some experimentation might be inevitable, there are several good reasons to be concerned.

Alcohol use among teenagers has been shown to impair brain learning and memory, increase the risk for depression and violence, and compound the likelihood of future dependence. If you think this sounds like many of the same risks that adults face with alcohol, you would not be wrong. Young people however, have the added risk of damaging their still developing brain.

There are some identified key strategies for helping your teenage kids keep control and their lives in balance. One of the most important is parental role-modeling, by limiting your use of alcohol, and how much is consumed in view of your children. Remember that the single largest influence in their lives is you.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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