April is Alcohol Awareness Month

“Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use”

2014_NCADD_Alcohol_Awareness_Month_LogoThe Month is aimed to bring awareness and education to people about treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.

Did you know?

  • The typical American will see 100,000 beer commercials before he or she turns 18
  • In Oregon, 29% of 8th graders and 58% of 11th graders have already had their first real drink
  • Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.
  • Alcohol is the deadliest drug for America’s teenagers: a 16-year old is more likely to die from an alcohol-related problem than any other cause

What to keep an eye out for:

  • Less interest in activities and/or appearance
  • Academic and/or behavioral problems in school
  • Money missing from your purse or wallet
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Withdrawal and decreased interaction with good friends
  • New friends and people whom the teen is unwilling to introduce to you