There are many concepts regarding underage drinking that many think to be true but aren’t actually correct. Here are a few misconceptions about underage drinking remedied
MYTH: It’s better for teens to drink instead of do drugs.
FACT: All substance are dangerous for young consumption
First and foremost, alcohol is a drug. Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of death for young people. Studies have shown that teens who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become dependent on alcohol than those who wait until 21.
MYTH: Teens raised in Europe and start drinking at an earlier age are more responsible when it comes to alcohol
FACT: European teens drink and get drunk more than those in the United States
The perception that the drinking age in Europe allows for younger peoples to become more responsible when it comes to drinking it widely inaccurate. In a study done by the Prevention Research Center shows that European youth drink more often, more heavily, and get drunk more often than teens form the United States.
MYTH: Teen boys drink more than teen girls
FACT: Underage girls are drinking more than underage boys
According to the Monitoring the future National Survey, it is shown that adolescent girls are consuming excessive amounts of alcohol when compared to adolescent boys. One explanation for this is that young girls are being more exposed to alcohol advertisements in the magazines that they read. Also young girls who have older boyfriends are more likely to drink as well.
MYTH: Drinking at home with parental supervision is the ‘safe’ option
FACT: Allowing kids to drink in your home risky and illegal.
Underage kids who drink at home are more likely to drink in other situations. There have been many instances where parents have been criminally prosecuted and faced civil suits for allowing kids/teens in their home to drink alcohol.
MYTH: It is easy to tell if your child has starting drinking and has developed a drinking problem.
FACT: It can be extremely difficult for parents to detect if their child has developed a problem.
No parent wants to believe that their children might have a drinking problem, so it can be hard for parents to see the signs. Some indicators of a problem include changes in sleeping and eating patterns, hanging out with a new group of friends, falling grades, and/or isolating behavior.
Don’t make assumptions when it comes to your kids and alcohol. Know the facts and know the risks of underage drinking.