A recent study from the Journal of Primary Prevention looked into the issue of teen drinking parties.

The researchers looked at families and teens in California. They found:

  • About a quarter of teens reported having had a party at their house in the past 12 months, of whom 39 % reported that there was alcohol at their last party.
  • Multiple sources supplied alcohol for most parties.
  • Seventy-two percent of those having a party stated that at least one of their parents knew about their last party, and 64 % reported that a parent was home at least part of the time.
  • Seventy percent of youth who hosted a party with alcohol said that their parent(s) definitely knew that there was alcohol at the party, 24 % replied that their parent(s) probably knew, and only 5 % said that their parent(s) did not know that there was alcohol at the party.

We know in Sullivan County that most adults don’t want their teens using alcohol. We also know most Sullivan County teens who drink say alcohol was ‘given’ to them. Many of this ‘giving’ is from adults hosting parties.

You can make a difference. Make sure you know where your teen is going and who they’re going to be with. If you know your teen is going to a party, call ahead and make sure the parents who are hosting know your family rules about alcohol. Don’t let other parents make choices for you and your kids!

The summer months are when many tweens try alcohol or other drugs for the first time. Studies show that teens going to college often begin binge drinking the summer after they graduate high school. If your teen or tween has the summer off, it’s important to encourage them to stay busy with healthy summer activities.

Encourage your teens and tweens to be active and involved, whether it’s through volunteer work, a fun program at their local library, or a summer sports league. Feeling like they matter in the community helps prevent youth – especially boys – from making dangerous decisions.

With the recent scandal in Major League Baseball, performance-enhancing drugs have been in the news.  The fact is that performance-enhancing drugs can have immediate negative consequences, including permanent heart damage.

Talk with your teens. Giving them the facts and establish clear rules – and consequences if those rules are broken – is key to success.

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