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The teen years are all about taking risks, being more impulsive, and experimenting- “the teen extreme”. Teens do not know how to do anything in moderation. Teenagers do things in extreme including their drinking habits. Teen binge drinking refers to how many teens drink alcohol which is chugging 5 drinks in a very short period of time. Boys do it more often than girls. Most teens drink with the purpose of getting drunk. Here are 10 facts about teenage binge drinking that parents should know:
1. Teenage binge drinking often leads to alcohol poisoning. 36,ooo people a year are treated for acute alcohol poisoning.
2. 2/3 of teens who drink participate in teenage binge drinking.
3. Teen binge drinkers tend to have lower grades in school and more absences.
4. 55% of girls that are victims of rape are drunk at the time.
5. 2/3 of college boys involved in a sexual assault are drunk at the time.
6. The number one cause of death in kids age 15-20 are car crashes from underage drinking and driving. Teenage binge drinking impairs judgment to such a degree that is is much more likely to lead to underage drinking and driving.
8. There is 3 times the risk of suicide attempts with teenage binge drinking.
9. There is 4 times the risk of being in a physical fight.
10. There is a significantly increased risk of using other drugs such as marijuana and cocaine when binge drinking is involved.
Large amounts of alcohol, “downed quickly” causes more damage to the developing brain. As parents, it is important to do anything we can to educate our kids about the dangers of alcohol, including binge drinking.
Show an interest in your teen’s life, be open to communicating with them without judging them, be supportive, set limits on what is expected and follow through with consequences, and sit down as a family for dinner most nights. All these tips will reduce the chance of teenage alcoholism being an issue for your precious child..
Obviously, there is a lot more to know about underage drinking and driving. This brief article is just a start, and the next step is to do some more research. In any case, the tips in the article set the stage for a more detailed treatment of the subject.