As Georgia teens count down the days until summer vacation, many parents are strategizing how to keep them busy and out of trouble.
As a parent of a teen, finding out that he or she has been getting drunk at parties, while out with friends or alone can be troubling and frightening. If there is a history of alcoholism in your family, you may fear that your child has inherited the disease and feel that getting him or her into Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or a recovery program is the only way to deal with it.
Many kids are prescribed Adderall to treat ADHD and other attention deficit disorders. Some continue using it in college, finding that it helps them focus on studying and staying awake longer.
Problems arising from the presence of alcohol on college campuses, often in copious amounts, have made headlines in recent years. Nonetheless, some universities throughout the country -- including a number in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) -- have begun selling beer at their football games.
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.