Childhood aggression can lead to alcohol abuse

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Continual aggressive behavior from childhood through late adolescence is a significant predictor of adult alcohol use and abuse, a new University of Michigan study indicates. In comparison to childhood and adolescent aggression, some variables often thought of as risk factors, such as problems in the family and parents’ poor educational background, are weak predictors of […]

Teens take risks when they down energy drinks

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Between homework, cheerleading and working at Wendy’s, Megan Ward was tired from being always on the go. So last year the 16-year-old began drinking a Red Bull or Monster energy drink before school and sometimes a second one before cheerleading practice. “I was trying to get energy,” says Megan, of Parker, Colo. “In the morning, […]

There are better ways to teach teens

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Alcohol, in the hands of a responsible and mature adult, can be a very relaxing and even healthy social tool. They drink a glass of wine or a bottle of beer or a glass of single malt scotch every now and again for many good reasons. Alcoholic drinks also play a big part in the […]

21 for 21: A very dangerous tradition

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The “21 for 21″ ritual, where 21st birthday revelers attempt to down 21 alcoholic drinks, is highly prevalent among college students, according to new research. In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the University of Missouri determined that many college students drink to excess on their 21st birthdays and potentially jeopardize their health. […]

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Apart from being illegal, underage drinking poses a high risk to both the individual and society. For example, the rate of alcohol–related traffic crashes is greater for drivers ages 16 to 20 than for drivers age 21 and older. Adolescents also are vulnerable to alcohol–induced brain damage, which could contribute to poor performance at school […]

Teens and alcohol

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The consumption of alcoholic drinks are, to many teens, a very important part of their adolescent life. There are many reasons why this kind of thinking prevails, some of the reasons are: Social acceptance Peer pressure Various problems Curiosity and experimentation Adolescents, people between the ages 12 to 20, are more likely to use alcohol […]