Did you know that in the United States, the average girl has her first drink at age 13; for boys, it's age 11. April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has issued its April health bulletin containing useful information and tips in recognizing alcohol poisoning.
We all know the risks involved with underage drinking and drug use: traffic fatalities, violence, educational failure, overdoses, unsafe sex. Teenagers test boundaries, push the envelope and engage in risky behavior. As parents, we can choose to hope for the best or seek out ways to best communicate with our kids regarding alcohol and drug abuse. The conversation may not be easy but is well worth the effort. Research shows that children who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of drugs and alcohol are 50% less likely to use/abuse these substances.
Become familiar with some of the high risk trends surrounding alcohol use:
Eyeballing-alcohol is poured directly into the eye, putting the user at risk for cornea damage and blindness.
Vaping-e-cigarettes allow for uses to vape alcohol. The vapor travels directly into the brain and bloodstream thereby increasing the risk of overdose and alcohol poisoning.
Tamping-alcohol soaked tampons are used (vaginally or anally) to increase absorption of alcohol into the body and also increases the risk of alcohol poisoning.
For more information, click here to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet regarding alcohol use.