Teenage Alcohol Abuse

Friday, April 22, 2011

Up to 7 percent of adolescents are considered alcoholic or dependent on alcohol. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us about the dangers of teen drinking and what parents can do about it.

Dr. Hill:

The use of alcohol and other drugs among teenagers is a major concern for parents. Preteens and teens often drink to fit in with their peers. They may also start to drink alcohol to block out emotional problems or escape from the stresses of everyday teen life.

Although not all teens who drink become dependent on alcohol, dependence is a real danger when a person starts drinking at a young age. Alcohol can also affect a teen's general health, brain function, physical growth, emotional development and school performance. It can also put his or her life in danger by increasing the likelihood of making poor choices, such as drinking and driving.

Your child will be less likely to use alcohol and other drugs if involved in healthy activities. Encourage your child to develop his or her talents in sports or hobbies.

Know the signs of alcohol and drug use and where to go for help if a problem develops.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.