When parents talk to their kids about drinking, their conversations often revolve around the dangers of driving under the influence, binge drinking and the illegality of underage drinking. There are parents who believe that as long as they don't allow kids (theirs or others) to drive home intoxicated, they're being responsible.
Parents with kids in high school and college will likely be happy to hear about a recently-released study that found that many teens are not indulging in alcohol consumption. Many teens have said that they're more focused on school and eventually a good career. They say that drinking could reroute them from their goals. As one 14-year-old put it, "If I focus on alcohol, I'm not going to focus on my career."
A report released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility suggests that nearly nine million individuals between the ages of 12 and 20 drink alcohol in the United States. One report presented in front of Congress suggests that at least 23.6 percent of Georgians in that same age bracket admit to consuming alcohol within any one month.
You already got one DUI. It happened six months ago, after you'd been out at the bar with your friends. You had a glass of water and thought you were safe to drive, but you blew just over the legal limit when you were pulled over.
Underage drinking spikes in the summer as kids have more free time and less supervision. It's also the season when teens are most likely to engage in underage drinking for the first time -- up to twice as many as in other months.
Underage drinking is a serious problem, but it isn't something that should be the end of the world for the underage drinker. Many college students choose to ignore the minimum drinking age in an effort to have fun socially and seem more mature. Even though this is common, it is something that must be addressed, especially if the person is drinking and driving.
Jonathan Ledbetter, a defensive lineman for the University of Georgia, nearly had his college career, potential football career and possibly his entire life derailed by two alcohol-related arrests.
Even the most attentive parents may be shocked to learn how young many kids are when they start drinking -- too often with serious and even fatal results. According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, more than a third of teens have consumed at least one drink by the time they're 15. Nearly two-thirds have drunk alcohol by the time they reach 18.
Fulton County authorities say that a 14-year-old high school student took his own life the day after police were called to a party at his home that allegedly involved underage drinking and marijuana use. According to the medical examiner's office, the teen shot himself.
Many parents of teens and even preteens would be shocked to learn just how easy it is for their kids to get ahold of alcohol. The dangers of overconsumption of alcohol for young people can be particularly dangerous because they may not know when to say when.