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This Popular Trick To Keep Teens from Drinking May Backfire

Have you ever let your kid try a sip of your wine or beer? It’s seemingly harmless, right? A new study shows that kids who sample their parent’s alcohol may be more likely to binge drink when they’re older.

Researchers surveyed 561 students periodically over three years. Students who sipped their parent’s alcoholic drinks by sixth grade were five times more likely to drink a full alcoholic beverage by the time they were in their first semester of high school than their peers. They were four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink.


Warning: This New Form of Alcohol Will Be Attractive to Teens

Did you know that alcohol comes in a powdered form called Palcohol? If you didn’t, that’s probably because it was unavailable for purchase in the United States. Last week, however, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved this substance for sale.

This powered alcohol can be mixed easily by just adding it to water. The same laws apply to this powdered form as liquid alcohol, so it will be illegal for anyone under 21-years-old to purchase it.


This May Be the Best Way to Get Teens to Stay Sober

Trying to get your teens to beat peer pressure and stay sober can be a daunting task. What’s the best way to talk to them about passing up on a Solo cup at a party? Most campaigns against drinking focus on the negative effects of drinking, but there may be a much more effective approach.

A new study suggests that pointing out the benefits of staying sober and providing strategies for doing so under pressure is more effective than the traditional method of warning against the dangers of alcohol consumption.


Talking to Teens About Drinking Matters More Than You May Think

Talking to teens about drinking isn’t a waste of time. In fact, it could be more powerful than you think! According to new research, consistent conversations about alcohol with adolescents can have a positive effect on teen drinking. This research comes from the University at Buffalo.

The study showed that parents tended to talk to younger children more about the dangers of alcohol, but then discontinued the discussions as the kids aged. However, researchers found that parents shouldn’t underestimate the positive impact of those kinds of conversations.


Cigarette and Alcohol Use Among Teens Hits an All-Time Low

Every year, the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey looks at substance use among middle and high schoolers across America. This year, while illicit drug use continues to show a national decline, cigarette and alcohol use are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975.

This annual study polls between 40,000 and 50,000 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grade from over 400 schools across the country. The results are then compiled and used to track substance abuse trends in teens.


Who’s the Biggest Influence on Teens’ Drinking Habits?

While “peer pressure” is an ever-present force in social interactions, it may not be the peers you expect that are having the biggest influence on teens… Or at least when it comes to underage drinking. According to new research, instead of being influenced by what they believe all of the other kids are doing, teens are actually impacted the most by the decisions of their close friends. In other words, if a teen hangs out with others who drink, they’re more likely to engage in that behavior themselves. Likewise, if a teen hangs out with non-drinkers, they’re less inclined to drink, despite what a bunch of their classmates may do on the weekend.


Why July Is The Riskiest Month For Teens

Without having to worry about schoolwork, summer is considered a time to relax! But maybe teens are being a little too carefree this month, at least when it comes to risky behavior. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), July is when more young people start using drugs or alcohol compared to any other month. The stats are definitely surprising!

On average, in the month of July, someone under 18 starts drinking alcohol every 8 seconds, or smoking cigarettes every 17 seconds.


Which Teens Will Be Binge Drinking at 16?

We know adolescents often experiment with alcohol — but we don’t know why some teens go on to binge drink, while others learn to drink responsibly. According to recent research from the University of Vermont, though, we may have some clues.

In the study, published earlier this week in the scientific journal Nature, brain scans were taken of around 700 14-year-olds from across Europe. The study also looked at these teens’ genetics, personalities, and drinking habits. Researchers then followed up with teens two years later to see how their habits changed.


Is Overly Strict Parenting Leading Teens to Use Drugs? Study Says Yes

A recent study across six European countries has found that certain parenting styles may lead to increased adolescent drug use, with overly strict and neglectful parents seeing the highest rates of drug use in their teens. The study, recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, asked 7718 adolescents across Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia and the Czech Republic to classify their parents levels of control and affection. Based on their responses, parenting styles were organized into one of four categories: authoritarian (strict and unemotional), authoritative (strict, […]