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Many youth get alcohol from home

SAMHSA Data Spotlight: Young Alcohol Users Often Get Alcohol from Family or Home is based on the combined data from SAMHSA’s 2006 to 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), and involves responses from more than 44,000 respondents ages 12 to 14. NSDUH is a primary source of information on national use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States. The survey is part of the agency’s strategic initiative on behavioral health data, quality and outcomes. A copy of the report is accessible at: http://oas.samhsa.gov/spotlight/Spotlight022YouthAlcohol.pdf.

The legality of parents providing alcohol vary by state, and in 19 states it is unlawful for parents to provide alcohol to minors. In addition to the potential legal consequences associated with providing alcohol to minors, brain research suggests that learning and memory functions are affected much more by minors than by adults. Additionally, research indicates that teen drinkers perform poorly more often in school, and have an increased risk for social problems. Additional information about the effects of alcohol on the teen brain are available in the Drug-Free Action Alliance position paper, Keep the Minimum Drinking Age at 21.

Written by: Derek Longmeier, Drug-Free Action Alliance
Posted: May 03, 2011 by Lisa Callaham

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