Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens

Spring break is generally just a time for teens to hang out at home for a week and treasure their time not sitting in class. Whether they decide to go on a road trip, play video games, or just watch movies, your teen could be tempted to party at a friend’s house where alcohol and other drugs are present. Continue reading “Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens” »

Behaviors Linked to Binge Drinking in College Students

Sometimes it seems as though binge drinking and college go hand-in-hand. Little scientific research has been done regarding the subject. However, Florida Atlantic University recently conducted a study aimed at discovering what behavior shows a tendency toward binge drinking.

The results are interesting, and may help parents be better prepared to provide guidance to college students.

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How Teens’ Alcohol Use Affects Academics 

Parents would prefer it if their teens completely avoided alcohol and drugs. These habits are associated with poor decision-making and risky behavior.

However, risks to health and safety aren’t the only outcome of teen substance abuse. Recent studies indicate that teen alcohol use negatively impacts academic performance.

Here’s what parents of teens should know about the correlation between grades and alcohol use.

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Think Teen Substance Use is OK with Parental Knowledge? Not So Fast…

Teen Drug Use

If you’re a parent of a teen, you may think that your teenager’s substance use, including drinking and recreational drug use, is inevitable.

You may even think it’s safer for your teen to use drugs or drink with your consent, rather than doing it behind your back.

While it’s true that there is some reduction of negative consequences when teens use substances with their parents permission, there are still issues with allowing your teen to use drugs and alcohol.

Here’s what parents need to know about letting teens drink and use drugs.

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Watch Out, Parents: Your Teens Face Risks at New Year’s Eve Parties

2015 is just around the corner, parents — and if you haven’t already, it’s time to talk about your teen’s New Year’s Eve plans.

Kansas City area parents may think that they don’t have much to worry about in suburbs like Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or Liberty, but this isn’t true: New Year’s Eve parties can be dangerous for teens no matter how safe the area seems.

Here’s what parents should chat with their teens about before they ring in 2015!

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Study Finds Link Between Drugs & Concussions

It’s been known as a “silent epidemic,” affecting thousands of children and teens every year: concussions. More than 173,000 kids and teenagers are already seen every year due to brain injuries, including concussions, and that number could be even higher. Now, a new study has emerged, claiming that teens who smoke pot and drink alcohol, even on occasion, are at higher risk of getting a concussion than their peers who don’t. concussion risk higher for ten drug users

What is a concussion?

A concussion is caused by a sudden blow to the head that shakes the brain against the skull. It can be due to a collision while playing sports, a fall, a car crash or fighting.

Concussion Symptoms

Obvious signs of a concussion include passing out or forgetting what happened before the injury occurred. It’s common for people to experience other symptoms too, including having trouble thinking and remembering information, emotional changes, having headaches or dizziness and a change in sleep patterns. However, concussions often go unnoticed, as the symptoms aren’t always visible or immediately noticeable— especially if the teen doesn’t pass out. Effects can last for hours, days or even months.

The Study

Canadian researched have found a link between kids and teens who drink and/or smoke pot with a higher risk of getting a concussion. They surveyed nearly 9,000 Ontario students between 7th and 12th grade from the general population and found that students who occasionally or frequently drank or smoked were at 5 times the risk than those who didn’t. While the study doesn’t have an answer as to why this is true, the evidence backs it up.

Other Links

Using drugs and drinking alcohol may not be the only factor contributing to concussions. Studies show that males and students who have lower grades in school are more prone to getting a concussion, and those who play contact sports are always at higher risk.

Talk to your teen about the risks of using drugs and alcohol. If you think he or she may be using these substances, Test Smartly Labs can help.