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to find factual information about the effects of alcohol and drugs, real stories from teenagers like
yourself and answer any questions you might have.
Alcohol Abuse More Likely in Aggressive Teens
A Finnish research shows that aggressive teens are more likely to abuse alcohol than their peers.
Researchers also found that depression and anxiety usually did not lead to drinking problems in the adolescents. The study assessed the link between psychosocial problems and alcohol use among 4074 Finnish youngsters aged between 13 and 18.
The team found that 60 percent of the participants consumed alcohol and among them around 50 percent of the 15-year-olds abused liquor. No significant differences between alcohol use among boys and girls were found.
The research team noted that smoking and attention seeking issues were also to be blamed for alcohol use. Among the girls getting menstrual cycles early in life and parental divorce increased the risk of alcohol abuse.
Preparing Your Teen for College: Talking About Alcohol
The teenage years are a unique time. Teens spend a lot of energy defining their identities, their peer relationships and their social roles, and they learn skills like planning for the future and understanding consequences. Not surprisingly, this is also a time when teens push limits and take risks.
Risk-taking and novelty-seeking behaviors are a common, and often healthy, part of the college experience. College students may seek out new friendships, new academic experiences, new leadership positions and new social roles. The newfound freedom may, however, present challenges for any teen, especially as they learn how to navigate the college drinking scene. Alcohol use is common on college campuses and is intimately related to risk-taking behavior. Exposure to alcohol may not be entirely new for college-bound students — in fact, a 2013 national survey showed that most (68.2%) of high school seniors had tried alcohol, and over half had been drunk — but the exposure may become more intense at college where students are often operating under less structure and oversight.
Fortunately, many college-bound adolescents handle these new challenges appropriately and make healthy decisions to keep themselves and their friends safe. As a parent, you can help facilitate a successful transition by opening a dialogue before your teen goes to college and then maintaining the conversation throughout his/her college years.