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5 Ways Alcohol Consumption Is Harmful to Your Growing Teenager

Saturday, March 11, 2017 2:42
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The years of your teen’s life are marked by many major milestones. They will learn how to drive, receive their diploma, begin to date, enter the job market, and search for colleges. It’s also a time when some teens may experiment with alcohol and drugs.

While you may do your best to protect them, it’s challenging to keep watch over them 24 hours a day. Education is one of the best proactive steps parents can take. Through this open communication forum, you’ll be able to impart advice on the damaging effects of alcohol to both a teen’s brain and body.

1. Harms Brain Cells

For teens, eating the right foods and refraining from alcohol consumption is even more important because their brain is at a critical developmental stage of life. When a young teen experiments with alcohol, it  is sure to interfere with the evolvement. Beer, wine, and hard alcohol could also cause permanent damage in a teen’s ability to remember and learn as they grow.

Instead, encourage your teen to learn about healthy nutrition to fuel their bodies with the energy they need. Avocados, beets, blueberries, dark chocolate, and celery are nutritious resources to help stimulate memory and better focus on the brain.

2. Higher Incident of Accidents and Injuries

Based on recent studies, researchers found that out of the approximate 84,000 vehicle accidents for those 20 and under, over 23,000 were caused by drunk driving. States have been trying to do their part to make teens safe by limiting the number of passengers teens are allowed to have in a car and making the punishments strict.

Some states are also limiting the time when a teen is allowed to drive such as during peak times. You can reduce drunk-driving risks for your teen by limiting their Saturday evening privileges behind the wheel. You can also get to know who your teen hangs out with by introducing yourself to their current set of friends.

3. Increases Vulnerability to Rape, Sexual Assault, and Pregnancy

Whether it’s due to peer pressure, familial problems, or finding ways to cope with anger and frustration, teens may experiment with drugs and alcohol irresponsibly. Every year, students between the ages of 18 and 24 become victims to alcohol-related trauma such as rape and sexual assault. Drinking also puts teens at risk for having unprotected sex. This could result in more sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Teaching your teen to avoid alcohol and risky sexual behavior can help them to stay health and safe, and free from the negative impact of sexual trauma.

4. Ruins Future Outcomes

Teens are typically focused on their own identity and forming social relationships as they mature. Some may resort to a difference in makeup or clothing styles. They may also hang out with certain friends or social cliques as they find their way. But hanging out with the wrong group of friends could cause mental anguish by altering their future endeavors such as college and job prospects.

Individuals who are alcohol dependent often neglect family, hobbies, and school work. Take a hands-on approach with your teen by ensuring that they stay on top of their studies. If you notice changes, such as mood variances, a new set of friends, or poor grades, get to the bottom of the matter immediately.

5. Risk of Alcohol Poisoning and Death

Binge drinking is a common problem for teensand often involves consumingseveral alcoholic drinks in a short time span. Excessive drinking could cause a teen to black out, and they may even fail to remember the events that took place during their intoxication. Alcohol is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. People who drink alcohol too quickly or excessively could put their bodies at risk for alcohol poisoning. If the teen is unable to get medical assistance, they could even die.

A teen’s adolescence is a time for rapid mental and physical development. To prevent your child from relying on alcohol to get them through the awkwardness, it’s important to educate them on the dangers of drinking and how it could affect their mind and body.







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