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Common Myths About Alcohol

Myth or Fact?

Myth: My son or daughter knows everything about drinking, so we donít need to talk about it.

    Fact: Many teenagers have dangerous misconceptions about alcohol. They donít realize that wine coolers have the same alcohol content as a shot of distilled spirits, or they think they can sober up by drinking coffee or getting fresh air.
Myth: What parents say or do wonít make any difference; teens only listen to their friends.
    Fact: Parents are very influential. Teens, whose parents supervise their friendships and activities, are less likely to engage in drinking.
Myth: He only drinks beer. Itís a phaseóheíll get over it, just as I did.
    Fact: Adolescents who begin drinking before age 15 or younger are four times more likely to develop problems of alcohol use and dependency than those who begin drinking at age 21 or older.
Myth: Itís okay for young people to drink, just as long as they donít drive. The worst that can happen is that heíll wake up with a terrible hangover.

    Fact: Wrong. If you drink a lot of alcohol quickly, it can build up in your body so much that you can die from alcohol poisoning within only a few hours. As well, youíre more prone to injury.
Myth: Alcohol is not such a big deal, compared with illicit drugs.

    Fact: Alcohol is a factor in the three leading causes of deaths among 14- and 15-year olds.
Myth: Teens canít become alcoholics because they havenít been drinking long enough.

    Fact: You can develop alcoholism at any age. It depends on how much and how often you drink.