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Age-Specific Concerns : Adolescents and Teens : Children's Health : Alcohol and Tobacco

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    • Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic

      The leading substance-abuse threat to children may be as close as your refrigerator. About 10 million adolescents drink alcohol. In fact, minors drink 19 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States.

    • Binge Drinking Dangers for Young People

      Binge drinkers are most likely found on college campuses, where many students consider a big game or fraternity party an excuse to drink all weekend.

    • Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids

      The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open -- the more you talk to your children, the better chance you have of staying close when things get tough or when important issues like smoking arise.

    • Help Your Kids Quit Smoking

      Every day, about 3,000 U.S. teenagers start smoking. If you're a parent of a young smoker, you can take steps to help the child quit. But first, it helps to understand why teens light up.

    • Helping Kids to Avoid Cigarettes

      Every day, nearly 6,000 teens and pre-teens try cigarettes for the first time, according to the American Lung Association. A third of these first-timers will end up becoming smokers.

    • Smoking

      Ninety percent of new smokers are children and teenagers. In many cases, they are replacing the smokers who quit or died prematurely from a smoking-related disease.

    • The Dangers of Binge Drinking

      Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-plus drinks in a row.

    • Understanding Alcohol's Effects

      The extent of alcohol's effect on the central nervous system depends upon how much is in your blood and how much blood you have.