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Underage drinking myths

There are many misconceptions concerning adolescents and alcohol use. These issues confuse not only young people, but their parents and other responsible adults. Following are some common myths and realities about teenage drinking.

Myth
Truth

Drinking doesn't hurt youth that bad.

The bodies of minors are still developing. Alcohol stunts brain development and hurts their physical health.

Kids are going to drink anyway. It's better if I let them drink at home under my supervision. Youth who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse problems later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21.

I know that my kids aren't drinking. They would never use the alcohol I bring home.

Research shows that the home is a common place that youth access alcohol, even without parents knowing. Liquors can be watered down so that changes in volume aren't detected and parents often lose count of beers in the fridge.
I can't stop the problem of underage drinking. As an adult, you have a critical role in shaping the habits of the children in your care. One home at a time, we can reduce youth access to alcohol.

Written by: Don Mace
Posted: Jan 11, 2010 by Don Mace

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