Drugs & Alcohol
How Much Does Your Teen Drink?
- Dangerous drinking is on the rise. If you're a parent, here are some facts that you and your teen-should know:
- Over 40% of students drink until they become sick
- Ontario Student Drug use Survey found that 40.7 % of grade 11 students reported drinking to the point of becoming sick.
- Males get involved in violent or dangerous activities more when they drink.
- Alcohol poisoning: vomiting, slurred speech, staggering, cold, clammy skin, passing out, and even death can happen when teens drink heavily.
- Legal responsibility: anyone who hosts a party can be held legally responsible for whatever happens at that party.
- Parents this includes you. You are responsible if the party is at your house or on your property.
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Pure (ethyl) alcohol is a clear, colourless liquid but is capable of doing a lot more damage than it appears to do.
Alcohol can make you feel differently depending on some of the factors involved: your age, sex and body weight, how sensitive you are to alcohol, the type of alcohol and percentage will have an affect on you as well.
As people get older their tolerance toward alcohol becomes worse and our bodies take longer to eliminate alcohol.
The feelings of alcohol last fairly long, for example a person weighing 154 kg would take about one hour for 8 to 10 grams of alcohol to be eliminated from your body.
Drinking heavily usually results in a hangover, it begins within 8 to 10 hours after your last drink. Symptoms can include headache, nausea, diarrhea, shakiness, and vomiting.
There is really no safe level of drinking; there are guidelines for adults who wish to lower the risks of drinking. People who are pregnant or under certain medical conditions should not drink.
Teens and Drugs
What you should know
- It's important for you to know that many young people experiment with drugs.
- Although illegal drugs receive the most publicity, teens are most likely to try alcohol before anything.
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Here are some signs that your teen has or is using drugs:
- Shows a sudden change in behaviour
- Has a new group of friends or doesn't bring friends home anymore
- Drastic change in physical appearance (clothing, hair, etc.)
- Followed by a change in attitude to you or other family members
- School grades drop
- You find money missing
These could be warning signs that your child may be involved with some kind of drug. However, this is their time for change and experimentation— don't jump to conclusions. Remember: just because your child is into drugs, it does not mean you've failed as a parent. This is a normal time period for an adolescent and they all go through it.
How serious is it?
- If you find out it is a more serious drug than you were counting on than you may want to seek professional help.
- Alternative Routes and Prevention
- Try to encourage your child to become involved in an after school activity.
- Parents who know about drugs and what the effects are will have an easier time talking to their kids about it.
To get help for child call the Addiction Research Foundation Toll-free 1-800-387-2961 or visit the Addiction Research Foundation website.
Drugs Activity Booklet
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