Pediatrics Group Urges Parents to Set Firm Rules Against Teen Drinking

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging parents to set firm rules against teen drinking, The Washington Post reports.

In an updated policy statement, the group noted studies have found that people who begin drinking at a younger age are more likely to have an alcohol use disorder later in life, regardless of their gender or race.

“The teen years are a critical time for brain growth, when connections responsible for emotional regulation, planning and organization are being formed and fine-tuned,” Joanna Quigley, MD, lead author of the policy statement, said in a news release. “Alcohol paves a pathway for addiction when the brain is still maturing, affecting the area that governs decision-making. As parents, we don’t want to downplay those risks, but keep the conversations open and model healthy habits.”

How to Address Underage Drinking

Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks. Believe it or not, the average age for a first drink is 14.

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