TEEN TALK: Tips to Help Combat Underage Drinking

TEEN TALK: Tips to Help Combat Underage Drinking
Posted at 8:50 AM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 08:50:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- With Spring Break behind us and summer vacation in full view, many parents may be concerned with the increased temptation for your child to drink.

Although difficult, it's a conversation that must be had and Family Therapist Jane Marks shares tips on how to get it started.

1. Consequences of underage drinking include the following; school problems, higher absence, failing grades, social interpersonal problems, lack of participation in youth activities, legal issues, arrests among kids participating in this process, physical problems like hangovers or illness, unwanted or unprotected sexual activity, disruption of normal growth and sexual development.

2. One important fact to know is that one in every five teen accidents involved in fatal car crashes is indeed alcohol related according to the CDC. More than 80% have blood alcohol levels above the legal limits for adults, it is important to note

3. Teens are at risk for binge drinking.

4. For parents, set limits in warm and supportive environments which tend to reduce the risk of underage and binge drinking.