Underage drinking is a major problem that goes unnoticed or untreated far too often. To parents, alcohol can seem so common and familiar; it is easy to forget how dangerous it is to teenagers.
According to the CDC, the average teen tries alcohol for the first time at age 12. Teen brains are not fully developed, and won’t be until age 25. Because the teen brain is still developing, it is extremely vulnerable to the effects of repeated alcohol use. Teens that begin drinking are more likely to report academic problems, substance abuse and delinquent behavior.
Many teens view drinking as an outlet to handle stress or a way to fit in with friends. Drinking does not have to be a rite of passage for your teens. As parents and adults, you have the opportunity to change your teen’s expectations concerning alcohol.
Beginning a simple conversation about underage drinking could prevent your teen from heading down a dangerous path. The articles and videos on this page are designed to help you as you tackle some tough conversations with your teens about underage drinking.