Millions of American teenagers drink alcohol. Over half of high school seniors drink at least once a week. Alcohol is the most common drug used by teenagers.
Teens drink for many reasons. Some grow up seeing their parents or other adults drinking. They also see drinking in movies and television or in magazine ads. Seeing alcohol use makes it more likely that teens will drink.
There is often pressure from friends or classmates to drink. A teen may drink to fit in with friends, or to appear more popular or mature. Teens may drink to feel less nervous or more confident.
A teen having problems with anxiety or depression may use alcohol to deal with these feelings. Other things that may cause a teen to drink are:
Know the warning signs and get help for your teen right away. Changes in mood and behavior may mean that your teen has a serious drinking problem:
Other warning signs include:
If you think that your teen is drinking alcohol, talk with your healthcare provider, school nurse, religious leader, or local treatment center. Alcoholics Anonymous works with teens who want to stop drinking.
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