Why alcohol is the biggest threat to our teens

Watch Michael J. Bradley, EdD's video on why alcohol is the biggest threat to our teens and help your teen make responsible decisions when it comes to alcohol.
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Why alcohol is the biggest threat to our teens

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Alcohol is the drug. It is the most dangerous drug for a teenager today. it kills more of our kids than all the other drugs combined. But adults don't like seeing alcohol as a drug, because that is typically our drug of choice. So we have this ambivalent response when our kid drinks. If he came home with a handful of pills, we'd go insane. But he comes home drinking at age 14, dads usually will say, "boys will be boys. Had a couple of beers. what's the big deal?" We are the pushers. Kids are drinking tremendous amounts, and people have missed that in the research. The concentration of drinking has gone up exponentially. The age of onset has gone down. Every time we run the numbers, kids are drinking more and at younger ages. Why is that? Because it's okay for us as adults, we enable it with kids. We ask kids who have terrible alcohol problems where they're getting the alcohol from. A third of them reported getting it voluntarily from their parents. A fourth of them drink with their parents, age 14-16, or with the parents of a close friend. So we hand kids this message that this is sort of okay. The terrible bottom line to this is that teen brains cannot be engaged in neuro addictive substances like alcohol. If they start drinking at age 14, they have 5 times the rate of full-blown alcoholism as young adults than people who wait until their age 20 as females or age 22 as males.

Watch Michael J. Bradley, EdD's video on why alcohol is the biggest threat to our teens and help your teen make responsible decisions when it comes to alcohol.

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Michael J. Bradley, EdD

Psychologist, Author & Speaker

Michael J. Bradley, EdD, award-winning author, has counseled adolescents and their parents for over 30 years and currently has a private practice in suburban Philadelphia. As a recognized specialist in adolescent behavior and parenting, Dr. Bradley is in demand as a speaker and facilitator for mental health professionals, educators, and parenting groups. He has appeared on over 400 radio and television shows, including CNN, The Today Show and Good Morning, America, and has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers such as USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Parents Magazine. His website forum is a great source of advice and encouragement to parents.

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