Updated guidance shows how parent attitudes, behaviors and boundaries — as well as a teen’s circle of friends – can influence alcohol use.
As growing evidence shows how alcohol can interfere with brain development and function, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to talk with their teens about the risks and set firm rules against its use.
The AAP strengthens its call to prevent and reduce underage drinking in an updated policy statement, “Alcohol Use by Youth,” published in the July issue of Pediatrics (published online June 24). An accompanying technical report outlines the evidence for AAP recommendations and states that alcohol remains the most common substance used by teens.
“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,” said Joanna Quigley, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement.