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Is Your Teen Binge Drinking?

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No parent wants to think of their teen slamming beers after a football game or sneaking alcohol out of their own liquor cabinet, but the fact is, many teens are going to experiment with alcohol. And given the temptations they face, it's best to arm them -- and yourself -- with the facts.

Dr. Alanna Levine: Alcohol is the most widely used substance abused by teens in the U.S. Most parents understand the importance of talking to their teens about the dangers of drinking alcohol and its consequences. However, a new study in the journal Pediatrics reveals that we may not be getting specific enough in these conversations.

Of particular concern is binge drinking -- a common practice among teens. A "binge" is defined as drinking enough alcohol to attain a blood alcohol level that leads to significant physical and mental impairment in a short period of time. The number of drinks that constitutes a binge for a child is different than you might think. As the study points out, you must take into account the fact that the body composition of a child is different from that of an adult. Having these specific numbers will help parents better educate their children on when they have had enough.

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According to the study, binge drinking should be defined as:

9- to 17-year-old girls: ≥ 3 drinks in a 2-hour period
9- to 13-year-old boys: ≥ 3 drinks in a 2-hour period
14- to 15-year-old boys: ≥ 4 drinks in a 2-hour period
16- to 17-year-old boys: ≥ 5 drinks in a 2-hour period

As prom time approaches, it is particularly important to educate teens about the effects of alcohol on judgment. Parents should use these concrete numbers to help their children avoid getting into dangerous situations. And, always be sure to remind your children to never get into an automobile with anyone who has been drinking.

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
SheilaJoyce May 30, 2009, 6:34 PM

Yes, this is bad. And my applause goes out to every Mother for taking this issue drastically !
I cannot add anything as a Mother, because I’m a 52 yr old barren widow.
But…….if I could pass my own trials & tribulation on, perhaps it will help.

All alcohol contains sufficient drug like ability to deal out, currently 5 severe permenant health afflictions, none with any forewarning signs nor cures. They are & in no particular order:
-Grand Mal Seizures
-Rapidly Progressive Blindness
-Rapidly Progressive Deafness
-Rapidly Corroded Liver
-Heart Attacks

My late husband & I were moderate stiff drinkers. Never drunk or out of work, successful career orientated, financially secure, healthy, physically fit…….blah blah blah
Until out of no where, we each were hit and all our perfectly well planned life was torn asunder.

Stick to your guns Lady’s. Because once the damage has been done, there’s no return.

God Bless each & everyone of you.

Dr Cara Gardenswartz May 30, 2009, 7:31 PM

This is a problem. But it’s important to note that teens with addictions are not always binge drinkers. Some symptoms to look for in your teens of alcohol abuse and possible addiction: making excuses, breaking curfew, isolation, aggression, mood swings, lying/stealing, and changes in friends.

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Early May 21, 2011, 2:04 AM

Thank God! Someone with brinas speaks!

Early May 21, 2011, 2:04 AM

Thank God! Someone with brinas speaks!

Coralie May 22, 2011, 7:36 AM

Your anwser was just what I needed. It’s made my day!

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