Mar 4, 2013
This bulletin presents findings from a literature review that investigated how underage drinking can affect a youth’s physical, emotional and neurological health. In it, the authors discuss the legal, neurological, economic and personal consequences youth can face when they make the decision to begin drinking.
The authors highlight the following points:
- The human brain continues to develop until a person is around age 25. Underage drinking may impair this neurological development, causing youth to make irresponsible decisions, encounter memory lapses, or process and send neural impulses more slowly.
- Underage drinking cost society $68 billion in 2007, or $1 for every drink consumed. This includes medical bills, income loss, and costs from pain and suffering.
- In 2009, 19 percent of drivers ages 16-20 who were involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal adult limit (0.08).
- Alcohol use encourages risky sexual behavior. Youth who drink may be more likely to have sex, become pregnant or contract sexually transmitted diseases.
Mar 1, 2013
New research, using MRIs and SPECT scans (single-photon emission computed tomography) shows that alcohol can have long-term negative effects on teen brain development, including poor judgment, early addiction and fragile white-matter formation. Learn more from fascinating interviews with doctors involved in teen brain research in this updated video version of the Strengthening Families Program Home-Use DVD.*
In this Lesson 8 of the 10-part video series, you’ll also learn the three simple skills parents need to prevent teen use, including Bonding, setting Boundaries and Monitoring to be sure teens stay in an alcohol- and drug-free social environment.
Click here to access the downloadable handouts that go with the lesson eight.
Click here to view SFP video Lesson 8.
A Note on Strengthening Families:
*The Strengthening Families Program (SFP), which are normally group classes that parents and youth attend together, was created in 1982 with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse. It has been proven effective in several randomized control studies to improve communication, problem solving and family unity, and decrease family conflict and teen alcohol and drug use. Classes are taught in 50 states and 17 foreign countries. The Utah chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving partnered with the program creator to put those same research-proven SFP skills in an inexpensive entertaining DVD format for parents and children to watch together at home. ParentsEmpowered requested that Lesson 8 be made available to everyone via the Internet to help prevent underage drinking.