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Parent Guide to Preventing Underage Drinking

Teen brain development and alcohol

It's a fact. New research shows alcohol affects a developing teen brain differently than an adult brain. Unfortunately, one of the greatest threats to our children is underage drinking, as nearly one-third of children between the ages of 12 and 20 in the commonwealth admit to consuming alcohol. Studies also show parents who talk to their children early and often about alcohol have a powerful influence on their child's decision to remain alcohol-free. We hope you will take the time to read this important information and share it with others in your community.

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This insert includes information on:

  • Teen brain development and alcohol
  • Increased risk of addiction
  • Parents are the #1 reason kids don't drink
  • New brain research and the effects of alcohol
  • Risks associated with underage drinking
  • Peers' influence on alcohol use
  • Encouraging news
  • Warning signs of problem drinkers.

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