Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Parenting, Part II: Talk to teens about alcohol

USA Today, April 12, 2011 "As prom and graduation season looms, parental worries turn to alcohol. And they should: About 70% of teens drink during high school years, and 23% of seniors admitted to binge drinking in 2010, researchers at the University of Michigan say. Today's teens drink less than many of their parents did, but alcohol remains a major killer, especially for teens who drink and drive or get into cars with drunken drivers. Ask an emergency room doctor about the effect of teen drinking — as I did this week — and you'll hear stories that will haunt you. 'It is so unbelievably painful to go out and tell a parent that their child has been hurt badly by something that was preventable,' says Sandra Schneider, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians." Read More

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