Alcohol poses a far greater threat to children than many parents care to admit, a new report warns. Many kids start drinking at a young age, and their size and inexperience with alcohol renders them more apt to be binge drinkers, said report author Dr. Lorena Siqueira, director of adolescent medicine at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.
Such hard drinking can prove fatal. For example, one-third of all fatal auto crashes involving alcohol happen among 15- to 20-year-olds, the report found. “The top three causes of mortality in teenagers are motor vehicle accidents, homicides and suicides, and alcohol is strongly associated with each of these,” Siqueira said. Continue reading
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US Sen. Charles Schumer calls it “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking.” Palcohol, or powdered alcohol, is a freeze-dried form of alcohol that can be mixed into water, lemonade or any liquid beverage. Lauded by imbibing enthusiasts, Palcohol is equally loathed by many for its potential health hazards, particularly to young people. Several states have preemptively banned the product. Continue reading
Two days after a federal regulator approved powdered alcohol, there’s already an attempt to ban it. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said today he is introducing legislation in the Senate to make the production, sale and possession of Palcohol illegal. “I … Continue reading