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					                               Teen & Family Counseling Center
                                    307 Orchard City Drive, Suite 206,          Tel: (408) 370-9990
                                         Campbell, CA 95008                     Fax: (408) 370-9919

                                  www.teenfamilycounseling.org




                           Keeping parents connected
                                JANUARY 2010 - Issue No. 9

                 UNDERAGE DRINKING –HOW IT AFFECTS THE MIND,
                           THE BODY AND YOUR TEEN


Looking for something to           but it‟s still one of the             need     to   make     wise,
do with your teen this             leading causes of death of            informed decisions. While
post-holiday season? How           teenagers and it needs to be          they may need to learn
            about cozying          discussed…not just once,              from their own experience
            up with some           but multiple times during             and     consequences,     the
            hot cocoa, a           the teen years.                       information you share with
            warm fire and a                                              them about the risks of
            good        old-       Teenagers      who      begin         drinking and drug use will
fashioned     talk    about        drinking before the age of 15         ring true much sooner and
America„s       drug      of       are four times more likely to         more powerfully when they
choice…ALCOHOL. In fact,           become an alcoholic as an             do see or hear a negative
we suggest having the same         adult than those who wait             consequence             from
                                   until they are 21 to begin
talk with your younger kids                                              substance use. They may
                                   drinking.
as well.                                                                 reject what you say during
                                                                         your conversation, but as
                                   While you may not be able             soon as they hear about a
Studies show that teens
whose parents talk to them         to totally control what your          friend hospitalized from
about alcohol and drugs are        teen does when they‟re                alcohol     poisoning,     or
42% less likely to use             away from you, parents can            somebody getting expelled
substances than those whose        have an influence on their            for marijuana possession,
parents don’t.                     teens‟ drinking and drug use          they will definitely think
                                   habits. Teens want to make            about what you said. In the
“But, it’s normal for teens        their own decisions, and              end, they will begin to form
to     experiment      with        they need to in order to              their own opinions based on
alcohol.    They   already         successfully transition into          available information and
know the dangers. They             adulthood. However, giving            experience.
know not to drink and              your children information
drive. They don’t listen           and      facts,    discussing
to me anyway.” There are           scenarios, talking about the
many reasons why parents           risks      and      negative
don‟t address the issue of         consequences arms them
drinking with their child,         with the information they                         Continued on page 2
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Continued from page 1                Binge drinking is defined
Two out of three teens               by drinking four or more
reported that they can easily        alcoholic beverages in a       "There is no doubt about it
get access to alcohol from           row.      This practice is     now: There are long-term
their family homes without                                          cognitive consequences to
                                     particularly popular among
their parents knowing; one                                          excessive drinking of alcohol
third reported that they
                                     high school and college
                                     students.     Unfortunately,   in adolescence," said Aaron
have gotten alcohol from                                            White, an assistant research
their family homes with their        the risks are much higher
                                                                    professor at Duke University.
parent’s consent, according          and more severe with this      "We definitely didn’t know
to a 2003 American Medical           pattern of drinking. The       five or 10 years ago that
Association study.                   risk of violence increases     alcohol affected the teen
                                     with binge drinking as well    brain     differently.   Now
         It’s the law!               as injury, sexual assault,     there’s a sense of urgency.”
California is a no host              general loss of control of
ordinance state.         That        body     functioning    and
means that adults and                alcohol poisoning. This has
parents are held legally and         to do with how the brain is
financially      liable     if       flooded with alcohol in a
underage drinking occurs             short period of time.
anywhere on their leased or
owned property whether                                              We now know that the
they know about it or not.                                          teenage brain is still under
This means that if a teen                                           development.       We often
sneaks beer from your                                               refer to this as a “plastic
garage     refrigerator,    or                                      brain” in that key areas of
drinks alcohol anywhere on                                          the brain are still growing.
your property and then goes           TFCC encourages               New research shows that
out and assaults someone,            you to give the gift           alcohol consumption before
or gets in an accident you                                          age 21 disrupts the normal
could be held liable. Risks
                                      of knowledge and              development of the brain.
for teens who engage in                prevention for               Permanent damage can
alcohol use or binge                                                result in the areas of
drinking include a higher
                                        yourself, your              memory,             learning,
likelihood of car accidents           children and your             concentration             and
                                                                    habituation    to    alcohol.
and fatalities, physical                 loved ones.                While many may have
assaults, violent behavior,
sexual assaults, alcohol                                            thought underage drinking
                                                                    as a normal teenage rite of
poisoning, and                        Wishing you and               passage, we now understand
experimentation of drugs
and other substances.                your family safety,            it to be a high risk and
                                     peace and joy, and             dangerous            activity.
Protective parental attitudes                                       Underage drinking has far
generally deter alcohol use in       a Happy New Year!              reaching             negative
teens. When parents provide                                         consequences to both teens
alcohol at parties, there is a                                      and their parents.
significantly         greater
likelihood of regular and                                                    Marianne Vernacchia
binge drinking by youth.                                                           Clinic Director
Journal of Adolescent Health, 2004                                       Teen & Family Counseling
                                                                                           Center




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                                                     HOW TO SET A LIMIT
                                                     “NO” because I love you and that is
                 ERASE                               unsafe.
          fights underage drinking                   I’m sorry you think it’s unfair, but
        E ducation and Awareness                     I’ve made my decision.
        R ules & Structure                           Alcohol is a serious, mind altering,
        A ttention and connection                    addictive substance that is illegal.
        S upport, Guidance & Love                    We do not allow underage drinking
                                                     in our family and household.
        E xplore your family’s own                   I need to know you will be safe.
          alcohol/chemical use
                                                     Let’s talk about it.
                                                     NO, but what you could do is ……
                                                     NO MATTER WHAT …you can
                                                     call me if you need a ride, feel
                                                     unsafe, or end up making a mistake.



                  SOME FACTS ABOUT UNDERAGE DRINKING
      The average age when youth first try alcohol is 11 years for boys and 13 years
      for girls.

      By age 14, 41 percent of children have had least one drink.

      The average age at which Americans begin drinking regularly is 15.9 years old.

      Teens that begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop
      alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.

      An early age of drinking onset is also associated with alcohol-related violence
      not only among persons under age 21 but among adults as well.

      It has been estimated that over three million teenagers are out-and-out
      alcoholics. Several million more have a serious drinking problem that they
      cannot manage on their own.

      Annually, more than 5,000 deaths of people under age 21 are linked to
      underage drinking.

      The three leading causes of death for 15- to 24-year-olds are automobile
      crashes, homicides and suicides -- alcohol is a leading factor in all three.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Surgeon General's Call to Action
to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. HHS, Office of the Surgeon General, 2007.




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                                         RESOURCE PAGE

Hotlines/Crisis Support                                Counseling Programs for Alcohol/Drugs
24-7 Teen Help Line: (888) 247-7717                    Continued
24-Hour Contact Cares for Teens: (408) 279-8228        Alcoholics Anonymous (408) 374-8511
CA Youth Line (800) 843-5200                           Narcotics Anonymous (408) 293-4790
Los Gatos High School Safe Rides Program: 1-           Marijuana Anonymous (408) 450-0796
888-550-RIDE                                           Al-anon/Alateen (408) 379-1051
Suicide and Crisis Hotline (408) 279-3312              The Camp Recovery Center (800) 924-2879
Eastfield Ming Quong Mobile Crisis Unit (408)          Gateway – County Alcohol and Drug Referral (800)
379-3796                                               488-9919
Community Counseling Programs – General                Kaiser Permanente Adolescent and Alcohol
Individual, Youth and Family                           Treatment Program (408) 236-6815
Teen & Family Counseling Center (408) 370-9990         Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center (510)
Almaden Counseling Services (408) 997-0200             653-5040
Bill Wilson Center (408) 243-0222                      Advent Group Ministries (408) 281-0708
Community Health Awareness Council (650) 965-          Daytop Village Inc. (650) 367-9030
2020 YWCA (408) 295-4011                               General Information
Counseling Programs for Alcohol/Drugs                  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug
Teen and Family Counseling Center’s                    Dependence (408) 279-7292
Alcohol & Drug Awareness and Resiliency                Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (408)
Program (408) 370-9990                                 272-6518
Adolescent Counseling Services                         NAMI Santa Clara – National Alliance on Mental
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program           Illness (408) 583-0001
(650) 424-0852




                                              Websites
   www.alac.org.nz/BodyEffect.aspx?PostingID=1550 Game to determine effects of alcohol on the body.
   www.BacktoSchool.drugabuse.gov Inf. on drugs and curricula for schools and parents.
   www.clubdrugs.org Information/resources on club drugs.
   www.drugfreeamerica.org Teen section for help, personal stories, and resources.
   www.escapemeth.com Steps to help to overcome or help a loved one w/meth addiction.
   www.freevibe.com Information/education and applications for youth to take action.
   www.fridaynightlive.org Youth organization (in SJ) promoting healthy, sober lifestyle.
   www.madd.org Mothers against drunk driving.
   www.nar-anon.org 12-step mutual support program for concerned friends and family member.
   www.niaaa.nih.gov National Insitute on Alcohol Abuse’s database of resources.
   www.Sarsquest.org On-line magazine w/information on drugs by young advocate, Sara.
   www.TimeToTalk.org The Partnership for a Drug Free America.
   www.teens.drugabuse.gov Effects of drugs on brain w/various activities.
   www.teengetgoing.com Online counseling groups for teens considering using or using.
   www.teenwork.com Forum for California youth to discuss critical issues facing teens.
   www.theantidrug.com For parents to get info on different drugs and tips.
   www.tweaker.org Crystal meth information and effect on body and life. True stories.
   www.weprevent.com Ideas for teens to prevent crime. Info. On dating violence, abuse.
   www.youthline.org Peer-to-peer conversations regarding health issues and crisis.




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   Center, a nonprofit agency, has offered low fee
   counseling services to families in the Santa Clara County
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