April 2014 – Help by raising your awareness!
Did you know that in Lane County the average youth reports having their first drink at 12 years old?
Did you know that teens care more about what their parents think than what their peers think – even when it might not seem that way?
Did you know that youth who drink typically binge drink (males 5 or more drinks, females 4 or more drinks in 2 hours)?
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning.”
Learn the definition of a “standard” drink: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/WhatCountsDrink/WhatsAStandardDrink.asp
Recognize the signs of harmful alcohol use:
See where you fit in: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/IsYourDrinkingPatternRisky/WhatsYourPattern.asp
Parenting? Learn how to prevent your child from drinking: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/adolescent/adolflyer.htm
Kids have questions? Explore “the cool spot!” http://www.thecoolspot.gov/