Underage drinking causes more than vehicle deaths. It is an instigator for other troubled behavior and it is on the rise with kids as young as 14. Health Briefs TV examines the aftereffects of teen drinking.
Teen Drinking Statistics
• Every day, more than 45,000 teens under the age of 16 drink alcohol.
• Most kids have their first drink at age 13.
• 32% of drinking-related deaths among kids aged 15 to 20 involved traffic crashes
• 68% involved other incidents like murder
• 30% committed suicide
These stats should open the eyes of all adults who have children and who host parties for children. No one under the age of 18 should consume alcohol unless it is for a religious reason. Parties where teens gather should be chaperoned by adults no matter how much the child protests. One child lost to an alcohol-related incident is one child too many.
Health Briefs TV on How Drinking Affects Everything
Drinking affects everything. Judgment is gone. Speech coherency is gone. It slows reaction time when driving. It blurs vision. It acts as a central nervous system depressant. When teens drink, they often binge drink consuming more alcohol than their body can safely process. This results in a total lack of judgment, reaction time while behind the wheel and causes some to pass out. There have been a shocking number of news stories about teen age girls who were molested at parties where alcohol was served. In those news reports, the girls admitted to drinking too much and passing out and then were assaulted twice – once by boys and then again via texts and social media posts meant to shame and embarrass the girls. The end result is that the girls took their life due to the constant bullying and harassment. The Health Briefs TV show explains why all teen parties need a chaperone.
Chaperoning Teen Parties
Chaperoning a teen party may sound like a drag to both the adults and the kids. But the outcome of an adult present at the party is likely to be better for everyone. Teenagers are at the age where they want to push the line as to how far they can go with adults. They are into trying new things and more than anything, they want to be treated like an adult. If an adult is present and visible throughout the party, there is less chance of over drinking and the ramifications from it. Health Briefs learned that kids report that their parents are the biggest factor in their decision to drink or not before age 21. It is very important that parents take time to talk to their children about the dangers of alcohol. No one wants to get the news that their child died on the road due to the actions of an underage drunk driver, or was the drunk driver. No one wants to hear their child was hurt or taken advantage of due to an alcohol-related incident. This is why it is imperative that everyone in a child’s life remind them of the aftereffects of drinking.