Underage drinkers tend to partake in risky drinking behaviors, more so than the collegiate demographic. While college students age 21 and older are imbibing more often than underage drinkers, there is more risk involved with the younger age group, especially those who obtain false identification.
With social media and text messaging, teens have more ability than ever to broadcast information to wider audiences. These types of communication may be used to spread information about a good cause such as a charity event or a school function, or can promote poor choices, such as which stores are willing to sell to minors.
The movie Animal House, while a parody, treated drinking as most Hollywood productions do: as an accepted part of college life. Attitudes toward underage college drinking run the gamut, from parental concern to tacit acceptance among schools and communities to somewhere just shy of actually encouraging it as a rite of passage into adulthood.
Facebook is a great tool to use to stay connected and promote your business, but should it be used to lure a target market not yet old enough to purchase a product? According to researchers, this is what is happening as alcohol companies leverage the social media platform to nurture a new generation of drinkers.
A vicious cycle is defined as a sequence of events where the response to one issue creates a new problem that aggravates the original matter. One study examined how this kind of cycle controls the drinking behaviors of teenage boys.
Parents are often confused about their role in helping teens navigate decisions related to alcohol and drugs. For some, the right path is an adherence to strict rules for any type of substance use. For other parents, there’s a benefit in allowing alcohol to be consumed in moderation under a watchful parental eye. Experts say that the correct strategy may involve the best elements of each approach.
The days of underage young people easily obtaining alcohol with a fake ID could be gone with the creation of a new app.
It’s August, which means back-to-school month. Pens, pencils, notebooks, laptops and backpacks are crowding store shelves. Families are preparing to send newly-graduated high school seniors off to college for the first time or sending older college students back for another semester after a stretch of family togetherness. In either case, it’s a good idea to have an honest discussion with your child about the presence of alcohol on campus before they leave.
A recent editorial appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal asking questions about the wisdom of unregulated alcohol advertising, especially ad campaigns that target a young, female audience. The editorial suggested that the alcohol industry be required to include health warnings in each piece of advertising, alerting young girls to the dangers of drinking. Young girls are responding to the advertising push, but may be ignorant of the inherent risks to their sex.
Peer pressure is often cited as a common reason for initiating alcohol consumption or for choosing to binge drink in a social situation. In prevention and education programs, young people are taught strategies for resisting peer pressure and role play using the tools they are equipped with to fight against peer pressure.