When Trying to Prevent Underage Drinking | Drug Use | Share These 5 Concepts

When Trying to Prevent Underage Drinking | Drug Use – these 5 concepts can help.

5 Concepts to Help Prevent Underage Drinking | Drug Use

1) Raise awareness about the 21st century brain research that explains why the teen brain is not the same as that of an adult’s and therefore why the teen brain is affected differently by binge drinking (or drugs) than the brain of an adult’s.

  • This article, “How Teens Become Alcoholics Before Age 21,” http://tiny.cc/pyesf, helps to explain this relatively new brain research and why alcohol is harmful to the teen brain in a way it is not necessarily harmful to the adult brain.

2) Help all concerned better understand how the body processes alcohol, which is why it has such an impact on the brain.

  • This article, “Why BAC Can Keep Rising After a Person Stops Drinking,” http://tiny.cc/u0o99 , helps explain alcohol’s impact on the brain and a person’s decision-making capabilities.

3) Share the research showing the Europeans do not have underage drinking figured out, either.

4) Help children, especially, understand the risk factors for developing a substance misuse problem.

  • This article, “The One in Four Children Exposed to Family Alcohol [or Drug] Abuse or Alcoholism [or Drug Addiction],” http://tiny.cc/cu009, provides an explanation about the five key risk factors for developing a substance misuse problem.

5) As adults, model moderate drinking and appropriate drug use (meaning to only use drugs in accordance with a doctor’s prescription).

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Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com
Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.

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