Ten percent of rural teens meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder.
Adolescents aged 12-20 living in rural Pennsylvania completed alcohol use assessments. The DSM-5 criteria for alcohol use disorder were met by 1.9% of 12-14 year-olds, and 10% of those 15-20 years old. Study authors recommend physicians screen adolescents about their frequency of alcohol use due to the high prevalence of alcohol-related harm among teens.
PositiveTip: Encourage young adults in your sphere of influence to avoid all alcohol use for their safety and health.
Even small amounts of alcohol raise the risk of cancer.
A ten year study of eight European countries on alcohol consumption and cancer has lead researchers to conclude that "there is no sensible limit below which the risk of cancer is decreased. ... Thus, alcohol consumption should not be recommended to prevent cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality."
Representatives from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, wrote: "From a standpoint of cancer risk, the message of this report could not be clearer. There is no level of alcohol that can be considered safe".
PositiveTip: Skip the alcohol and choose healthy non-alcoholic, low-calorie drinks.
This is the ninth in a series of blogs examining the benefits of parental monitoring.
The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs reported a study that examined the effect of parental monitoring on gambling and alcohol use among youth.
Gambling and alcohol misuse are known to be widespread among youth, and may be part of a common problem behavior syndrome. These researchers hypothesized that misuse of alcohol might be connected with youth gambling more.