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NCJ Number: 188402 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Underage Drinking: Myth and Fact
Corporate Author: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of Americ
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 2
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper challenges the various myths about underage drinking by presenting facts that refute the beliefs that compose the myths.
Abstract: One myth is that all teens will drink at some point, no matter what measures are taken to prevent it. The fact is that 81 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 have chosen not to drink in the past year. Another myth often held by parents is that their children are well informed about drinking, so there is no need to discuss it further. In fact, many teens have dangerous misconceptions about alcohol, such as the alcohol content of various types of alcoholic beverages. A third myth is that parents can say or do little to counter the influence of their children's peers on their behavior. Studies show, however, that both adolescent girls and adolescent boys whose parents supervise their friendships and activities are less likely to engage in problem behaviors, including drinking. A fourth myth is that underage beer-drinking is only a phase that will pass. In truth, adolescents who begin drinking before age 15 or younger are four times more likely to develop problems with alcohol use and dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21 or older. Some mistakenly believe that beer and wine are light in alcohol content; they have the same alcohol content. Other myths that are challenged in this paper are that a person will not do anything while intoxicated that he/she would not do when sober; that it is okay for youth to drink as long as they do not drive after drinking; that females can handle liquor as well as boys; that one drink does not affect driving; that treatment does not work; that alcohol use is not serious compared with the use of illicit drugs; that all college students drink; and that nondrinkers and moderate drinkers who enter college will not be significantly influenced by those students who drink heavily. 15 notes
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Alcoholic beverages; Juvenile drug treatment; Parental influence
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