Answering Your Child’s Tough Questions About Alcohol

“As your child becomes curious about alcohol, he or she may turn to you for answers and advice. Use this opportunity to start an open, honest conversation about drinking. Because some questions can be difficult to answer, it is important to be prepared. The following are some common questions and answers about underage drinking.”


6 Ways to Prevent Teen Drinking

“Although alcohol use during the teen years is on a decline, it’s still a hot button issue. Alcohol is the most widely used substance during adolescence. By age 15 about 33 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink, and that number jumps up to 60 percent by age 18.”

1. Develop Stress Management Skills.
2. Monitor Friendships.
3. Create an Agreement.
4. Supervise Parties.
5. Teach Peer Pressure Skills.
6. Support Healthy Risk Taking.

To read the full article, including facts your teen should know about alcohol please click here.

From the Center for Motivation and Change: We all know that substance use disorders can exact a terrible emotional and physical toll on the person struggling. A person overusing substances can suffer lower quality of life, impaired functioning at work, school and in family roles, and financial, legal and health problems. What you may not realize is that a significant part of this pain is attributable to stigma, as people with substance problems are labeled all sorts of negative things (“liars,” “losers,” “junkies,” “addicts”) and are often judged to be immoral, full of character defects and somehow carelessly and even willfully deciding to use substances instead of prioritizing more valued things in life like relationships and productivity.

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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Regularly drinking alcohol before your teen brain is fully developed can impact impulse-control and the memory and learning areas of the brain.

Brain development is still occurring between the ages of 12-26 and scientific research has shown that binge-drinking or regularly drinking alcohol as a teen can result in irreversible brain change.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to 4 days. You may show up to practice but there will be little improvement or gains.

A few drinks can offset your hard work by erasing the effects of your workouts, reducing your endurance and compromising your mental game. Alcohol affects your ability to learn new plays and strategies; it decreases your aptitude for muscle development and recovery and negatively impacts your nutrition and endurance.

Teens and Substance Use

This helpful article describes:

  • Why is alcohol use riskier for teenagers?
  • Why teenagers get addicted sooner
  • Why substance use makes depression and anxiety worse
  • Psychosis and substance use

Mental Health Disorders and Teen Substance Use



Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Every time you drink alcohol, you lose approximately 14 days of training effect.

Alcohol impacts your coordination, resulting in decreased ability to move, react and stay balanced. It affects the entire body and all body systems, especially those that control high performance.

Reflecting on My Addiction and Recovery, Then and Now

We are so proud of Andrew and all of his work with Young People in Recovery, across the state of Maine and beyond!