Summer is around the corner and with it comes numerous risks for teens. Perhaps one of the most significant risks is underage drinking; though teen drinking has always been an issue, it increasing exponentially during this period. A report by the U.S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that more than eleven thousand teens on average use alcohol for their very first time while 5,000 start smoking cigarettes and about 4,500 try marijuana (Carise, 2012, July 11). More idle or leisure time is attributed to this steep increase in the use of drugs by teens. As the director of the administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment reports, “These months include periods when adolescents are on a break from school and have more idle time; they have fewer structured responsibilities and less adult supervision,” Therefore, there is need for parents to parents, guardians and adults, in general, to supervise their teen or talk to them about drinking.
Read the article in its entirety, written by the ESAP Alcohol Committee Chair, Julia Brownfield: Teen Drinking and Parental Supervision