Underage Drinking | XLDrugRehabBlog.com

The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Posted on 18. Sep, 2015 by in Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Underage Drinking | XLDrugRehabBlog.com

Underage drinking is portrayed on TV shows and in movies as being a cool, normal thing to do. Did you know that while teens tend to drink less frequently than adults, they tend to drink more on occasion? If you think your child is drinking underage, you need to have a serious discussion with them. There are many dangers related to alcohol that you need to let your teen know about. Giving your teen all of the information is one way you can try to discourage them from drinking underage. Let them know about all of the dangers including, but not limited to:

  1. Altered Brain Development: Because the brain is still developing into a person’s early 20’s, some studies show that underage drinking can alter the developing brain. It can cause lasting mental defects.
  2. Fatalities: Underage drinkers are more likely to drive while drunk. Studies show they are also more susceptible to impaired driving due to alcohol. This increases the likelihood of crashing and fatalities. Also, because teens tend to drink more on occasion they are more likely to get alcohol poisoning or do something they normally would not including homicides, suicides, playing with fire, falling or drowning.
  3. Risky Sex: Alcohol impaired teens are more likely to have sex than sober teens. While under the influence, teens are also more likely to have sex without birth control and with people that they do not know. This increases the risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

These are only three dangers of underage drinking, but they may help to open up a teen’s eyes. As a parent, you need to have open communication with your teen. Let them know that you do not tolerate underage drinking, but that you want them to call you if they ever need a ride. You need to have strict rules, but let them know that you support them. A teen who feels supported is less likely to drink, and it also reduces the risk of teens driving under the influence or getting in the car with someone who has been drinking.

Underage drinking is dangerous for a teen’s brain development, health, life and decision making skills. Do not just assume that your teen is not drinking. You have to have open, honest communication in order to truly help your teen stay above the influence.

 

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