Monday, May 12, 2014

Teens and Drinking: Start Talking Early -- and Often

Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2014

"If the 'prom draft' story wasn't enough to turn your stomach, consider this statistic:
One in five high school seniors reports binge drinking at prom, according to a 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association study.

'Tis the drinking season, with end-of-the-year parties and graduation celebrations quickly following on the heels of prom. Which is why a group of parenting experts, headed up by teen authority Jennifer Powell-Lunder, is launching a new 'alcohol talk' campaign.

'Sometimes parents think they've had the talk because they addressed it once,' clinical psychologist Powell-Lunder, author of "Teenage as a Second Language: A Parent's Guide to Becoming Bilingual" (Adams Media), told me today. 'But it's not a talk. It's a continuous conversation.'" Read more

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