The Dangers of Alcohol for Teens

June 3, 2014 - Graduation season is in full swing. It's a time to celebrate, but also an opportunity for parents to talk to teenagers about the dangers of alcohol.

Researchers from the National Institute of Health estimate about 1.7 million young people ages 12-years-old to 20-years-old drink heavily. They say a teenager's brain is still developing and is very sensitive to alcohol's effects. Short-term effects of alcohol include loss of balance and blurred vision, which can make typical activities, like crossing a busy intersection, very dangerous.

Parents are being urged to point out the trouble their graduate could get into if they are caught drinking under age. "You can have the choice of putting that drink to your mouth or just putting it aside and no alcohol poisoning happens when somebody doesn't drink. So, help them have the skills and the tools and the words to say to keep themselves safe," Dr. Ellen Rome from Cleveland Clinic said.

Studies have shown parents can make a difference, so talking to your graduating teen could help prevent a life-changing mistake.

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