teen drinking 

News flash: Kids get alcohol from adults!

A study released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has news that shouldn't surprise any of us: kids who engage in underage drinking most often get their booze from adults, typically their own parents or their f...

Parents host teen drinking parties

I've been seeing lots of stories lately about parents hosting teen drinking parties in their homes. These parents reason that kids are going to drink and having them do it under their own roof is safer and teaches them to drink responsibly. While so...

Parents supplying kids with alcohol

A new UK study says that kids ages 15 and 16 with large allowances are more likely than their cash-strapped peers drink frequently, binge drink or consume alcohol in public places. That may be a fact, but a completely different study conducted in the...

Yearbook photos show students doing drugs

I remember kids in my high school dressing up in crazy costumes and doing silly things for the camera in the hopes that their photo might end up in the school yearbook. Nothing controversial, just wigs and funny faces mostly. It was all harmless fun ...

Heavy drinkers raise children with drinking problems

If you're a heavy drinker, your kids will grow up with drinking problems. That's the message of a new public health campaign in the UK, which urges adults to take a hard look at how their habits might be influencing their children's perceptions about...

Buy a prom ticket, get a beer glass

Statistics show that the typical prom season, March 1-May 31, sees more traffic deaths among teens that any other time of the year, and that many of these deaths are alcohol related. With prom season upon us, teen anti-drinking campaigns are out in f...

Text message your teen to stay sober

Imagine you are a teen, having a great time at your prom when your cell phone goes off. It's not your friends calling to tell you where to meet them for some after-prom partying. It's a text-message from your mom that reads "Have fun 2night. Stay saf...

Should we lower the drinking age?

I spent my late adolescence and early adulthood in the UK, where the drinking age is only 18. Whenever I'd visit friends on US college campus, I was amazed at the ridiculous things kids did in order to drink without getting caught. My experiences wer...

MADD sponsors prom video scrapbook contest

As prom season approaches, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is again urging students to be alcohol and drug free. According to MADD, traffic deaths among teens during prom season (March 1 - May 31) are higher than at any other time of the year. A...

Questions of safety for partying teens

There comes a time in a teenager's life when attending a party means there will likely be more than just red cans of Coke and bags of Doritos available in the house. No parent wants to face this fact, many close their eyes or bury their heads rather ...

Teens doing drugs even when parents are home

Although many parents might believe that they are staunching drug and alcohol use by being present during their teens' parties, statistics show a different story. In a national poll, of the nearly 1,300 kids, ages 12 to 17, one third reported using a...

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