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The human brain continues to develop into a person's early 20's. There is concerning evidence from small-scale human brain imaging studies that underage drinking can harm the developing brain. In the long term, heavy alcohol use by teens can alter the trajectory of brain development and cause lingering cognitive defects; whether these defects are permanent is not now known.

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As compared to nondrinkers, teens who drink are more likely to get into a car with a driver who has been drinking, smoke pot, use inhalants, or carry a weapon. Binge drinking substantially increases the likelihood of these activities.

Good Reasons Not to Drink. In talking with your child about reasons to avoid alcohol, stay away from scare tactics. Most young teens are aware that many people drink without problems, so it is important to discuss the consequences of alcohol use without overstating the case. Some good reasons why teens should not drink:

Encourage Healthy Alternatives to Alcohol. One reason kids drink is to beat boredom. So it makes sense to encourage your child to participate in supervised after-school and weekend activities that are challenging and fun. According to a recent survey of preteens, the availability of enjoyable, alcohol-free activities is a big reason for deciding not to use alcohol.

Studies conducted among teens have identified an association between substance use and sexual risk behaviors such as ever having sex, having multiple sex partners, not using a condom, and pregnancy before the age of 15 years of age.

Researchers have found that as the frequency of substance use increases, the likelihood of sex and the number of sex partners also increases. In addition, studies show that sexual risk behaviors increase in teens who use alcohol, and are highest among students who use marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs (such as sedatives, opioids, and stimulants), and other illicit drugs. Teens who reported no substance use are the least likely to engage in sexual risk-taking.

According to the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 40% of high school students have ever had intercourse and 29% of high school students are currently sexually active. Of the students who are currently sexually active, 19% drank alcohol or used drugs before last sexual intercourse.

Substance use and sexual risk behaviors share some common underlying factors that may predispose teens to these behaviors. Because substance use clusters with other risk behaviors, it is important to learn whether precursors can be determined early to help identify youth who are most at risk.

Drinking contributes to the three leading causes of death among teenagers: unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide.34 In an American study, one in 10 teens reported being influenced by alcohol during a fight. This same group were also more likely to injure themselves or others during the fight.5 The prevalence of risk-taking behaviours increases in adolescence and the likelihood of injury increases further when alcohol is also involved.6

For example, alcohol use in adolescence can see teens who drink being at higher risk of later alcohol use disorders than their non-drinking adolescent peers. 9The Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study (VAHCS) have identified frequent teen drinking and antisocial behaviour as key predictors of alcohol use disorders at 21 years of age.10 Teen drinking patterns often continue into young adulthood and later adult life, including progression to alcohol dependence in adulthood.111213

Alcohol use, especially when initiated at a young age, elevates the risk of many mental health issues and social problems. The nature of the relationship between alcohol use and mental health issues in adolescence is somewhat reciprocal. Young people with certain mental health disorders are more likely to initiate alcohol use and accelerate their use throughout adolescence. In turn, alcohol use may contribute to poor mental health. One of the major complications of teenage alcohol use is self-harm, having suicidal thoughts and suicide, especially in teens with major depression.14

For example, a group in one study drank 0.23 ounces (6.8 mL) of Ocean Spray cranberry juice per pound (15 mL per kg) of body weight. In another study, people took NOW beetroot capsules containing 8 grams of cranberry extract once per day (28).

Energy drinks are widely promoted as products that increase energy and enhance mental alertness and physical performance. Next to multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by American teens and young adults. Men between the ages of 18 and 34 years consume the most energy drinks, and almost one-third of teens between 12 and 17 years drink them regularly.

And there are, of course, ways that kids these days are behaving more poorly. Vaping appears to be a new and significant public health challenge, with more than 4 in 10 students having used tobacco that way. The YRBS survey also finds that teens today eat fewer vegetables than the teens of yesteryear, spend more time in front of computers, and have become just slightly less inclined to wear sunscreen.

A few of the other alarming trends in this year's report include more teenagers who report lots of time staring at screens (41 percent say they use a computer for three or more hours per day, outside of use for school). And fewer teens report getting eight or more hours of sleep than did in previous surveys.

The North West Region (population, 6,840,000) [33] suffers some of the highest levels of alcohol-related harm in England [34]. Consequently, an anonymous school based survey was undertaken across this Region, led by Trading Standards North West, to examine the drinking behaviours of its residents. Building on a survey tool developed and utilised in 2005 [23], the questionnaire consisted of closed, self-completed questions including: demographics (age, sex and postcode of residence); usual frequency of alcohol consumption and bingeing (here, drinking five or more drinks in one session [15]); and how individuals accessed alcohol and types of alcohol products consumed in a typical week (e.g. cans of beer, bottles of wine). For alcohol types consumed, respondents were provided with short descriptions and small pictures of typical products to help with identification. The types of alcohol products listed were based on those in established national surveys [35]. Individuals were also asked to identify if they drank alcohol in public places and these were described to respondents as outside in streets, parks or shops. The questionnaire asked respondents to identify (by tick box) if they had ever been violent or in a fight whilst drunk; whether they had regretted having had sex with someone after drinking; and whether they tended to forget things when they had been drinking alcohol. For regretted sex after drinking, the questionnaire did not distinguish between those who were sexually active but had never had regretted sex after drinking and those who were sexually inactive. Both were considered positive outcomes compared with having had regretted sex related to alcohol consumption. To analyse the question 'I tend to forget things when I have been drinking alcohol', a four point ordinal Likert Scale (agree strongly, agree, disagree, disagree strongly) was dichotomised into those that agreed that they tended to forget things after drinking and those that did not. Income was calculated from three questions identifying monies obtained from parents, work and other sources. For access to alcohol, variables measured were: personal purchase from on- and off-licence settings; access through parents, friends and family; and proxy purchasing through other adults. Access through parents distinguished between deliberate provision of alcohol by parents and alcohol covertly taken by youths.

The questionnaire was made available to secondary schools across the North West for whom participation was voluntary. Students were informed that participation was voluntary and anonymous and data were collected solely for the purpose of aggregated analyses. All aspects of the research methodology complied fully with the Helsinki Declaration. The survey (run every two years) was established by Local Authority Trading Standards in the North West and was scrutinised and approved by the Trading Standards North West Executive committee and supported by the cross-departmental Alcohol Forum at Government Office North West. Formal ethical approval was not requested in 2007 as this survey is an ongoing biennial process established by Trading Standards in 2005 (in agreement with public sector partners) as an audit of their role in preventing alcohol sales to minors. Sampling was not intended to be representative of all students across the North West but was designed to encompass a wide range of community types. School staff delivered questionnaires to students within normal school hours in years 10 and 11 (including individuals aged 14 to 17 years) [23] with classrooms being surveyed on an opportunistic basis. Previous North West surveys of youth alcohol consumption provided appropriate sample sizes (target 10,000 respondents [23]) and sampling targeted an age range typically associated with the early stages of routine alcohol use [15, 16]. Sampling was completed after a total of 140 schools across 19 local authorities in the North West had participated providing 11,724 questionnaires (between January and March 2007). For the purposes of analyses undertaken here, the sample was then restricted to those aged 15 or 16 (n = 9,833). Response rates were not recorded in each class as the sample was not intended to be representative but was opportunistic (for both students and classroom participation), with analyses focusing on relationships between variables recorded by individual participants. To study drinking behaviour the sample was further limited only to those who identified that they drank alcohol (n = 8,263; 84%). Individuals who did not drink were only excluded at this stage (cf. at the point of questionnaire distribution) so that those who drank would not have to reveal this in class. 041b061a72

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