Tag Archives: alcohol

The Most Widely Misused Substance Among Teens

"Everyone drinks." "Coffee will help you sober up quickly." "Drinking is better than other drugs." Common statements...common misconceptions. Click here for SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention updated fact sheet entitled "Underage Drinking: Myths versus Facts. The fact sheet looks at the misconceptions surrounding underage drinking and offers valuable facts about the prevalence of alcohol use....

Alcohol Awareness Month

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,...

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

An estimated 119,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year. FAS encompasses a wide array of growth, mental and physical abnormalities that can occur in babies whose mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy and is often characterized by mental, behavioral and learning problems, as well as physical disabilities. This comes from a study funded by the Canadian-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The results provide the first-ever...

Alcohol Energy Drinks-The Facts

  Alcohol energy drinks are premixed beverages containing not only alcohol but caffeine and other stimulants. Marketed to teens, often through social media, college campuses and grassroots efforts using youth-oriented slogans, these drinks have a very high alcohol content, some as high as 12% as compared to 5% for a typical can of beer. According to NCADD, a major concern is that mixing energy drinks with alcohol can lead to “wide-awake drunkenness,” where...

Women and Binge Drinking

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and The Pew Charitable Trusts-Stateline, more women are drinking now than a decade ago and, even more disturbing, a higher percentage are binge drinking. Historically, states have attempted to suppress drinking among men and women of all ages through a variety of means: levying alcohol excise taxes, regulating the number of restaurants and bars that...