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How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol and Drinking …

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At home, how Mom and Dad manage their roles — and the signals they send about alcohol use — affects their children’s future underage drinking behavior. Adolescents whose parents neither kept an eye on them nor provided a supportive home environment were more likely to binge drink. These parental behaviors, along with underage drinking, predicted binge drinking as young adults. The study suggests that parents do make a difference. Continue reading

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December and Summer months are when teens are most likely to start substance abuse for first time, study says

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Did you know that first-time use of most substances peaks during the summer months of June and July, then again in December. In other words, teens are probably at home with more free time and perhaps less supervision. But this should also be the perfect time to talk to you youth about substance abuse.

On an average day in June, July, or December, more than 11,000 youths used alcohol for the first time; in other months, the daily average ranged from about 5,000 to 8,000 new users per day. On an average day in June or July, more than 4,800 youths used marijuana for the first time, whereas the daily average ranged from about 3,000 to 4,000 in other months Continue reading

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The growing problem of K2 in Texas; 25 ill in Austin Downtown this week

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Austin had the most recent breakout of K2 cases this week, Travis County shows 2.4 percent of the reports across the state.  Paramedics with Austin-Travis County EMS said Tuesday, November 18, 2014  that 25 people have had adverse reactions to … Continue reading

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Begin the ‘alcohol talk’ with your kids at a young age

A campaign launched by SAMHSA suggests that parents should begin talking with their children about the dangers and consequences of drinking alcohol as early as age 9. (samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/) The “Talk. They Hear You” campaign, launched by Substance Abuse and Mental … Continue reading

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