Parents Should Understand Hosting Teen Parties Can Bring Repercussions

Parenting comes with many responsibilities. Each stage of a child’s life is impacted by a parent’s actions. And now some parents are finding their own actions and a decision regarding hosting a party for their teen comes with much personal risk. It is May; a month filled with life passages and celebrations. We have proms,...
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The Cost of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a major concern across the country and according to a new report, it can be quite costly. Underage drinking hospitalizations cost an estimated $755 million in the United States each year, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic. About 40,000 teenagers, ages 15 to 20, were hospitalized in 2008, the...
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Reservation Sues Major Beer Companies

Alcohol is extremely addictive and has the ability to not only tear families apart but even entire communities. Who is responsible is the question? An American Indian tribe in South Dakota is demanding $500 million in damages, in a suit against beer manufacturers. They are alleging the companies knowingly contributed to alcohol-related problems on the...
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The Economy and Addiction

The economy and substance abuse rates have a lot to do with each other; when times are bad people tend to excessively use alcohol and drugs, when times are good people do this less. As we plunge deeper into recession and more people are finding themselves homeless due to foreclosures, people are turning to drugs...
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Romantic Partner's Friends Influence Teen Drinking

It is no secret that peer pressure is a part of teen life; classrooms and teen social gatherings are often breeding grounds for pressuring one’s peers. Who teenagers associate with heavily influences decisions that are made, sometimes in a good way but more often than not in a bad way. It turns out that one’s...
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The More Friends You Have, The More Likely You Are to Drink

High school is a time for new experiences and self-discovery aided by those who surround you. New friends are made, old friends make new friends, and everyone lives their life in their own circle or clique; the people who surround you are often one’s biggest influence. A number of high school students are introduced to...
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