Underage Drinking: How To Control This Out of Control Behavior

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Do you know who your kids hang out with? It could keep your children from underage drinking.
Air Date: 1/23/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Sharon Levy, MD
Sharon LevySharon Levy, MD, MPH is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; she also has a Master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.  She is the Director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Children's Hospital Boston where she has evaluated and treated hundreds of adolescents with substance use disorders\.  She has published extensively on the outpatient management of substance use disorders in adolescents, including screening and brief advice in primary care, the use of drug testing and the outpatient management of opioid dependent adolescents.  She is the PI of the SAMHSA-funded medical residency SBIRT project at Children's Hospital Boston and an NIAAA-funded study validating the youth alcohol screening tool in a population of youth with chronic medial illness.  Dr. Levy currently serves as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse.

Underage Drinking: How To Control This Out of Control Behavior
Peer pressure is huge for adolescents.

Studies show that kids who have their first whole drink (whole drink--not just sips) before the age of 15 have a four times higher risk of developing alcoholism.

This is huge.

We discuss what impacts when a teen will start drinking, and what parents can do about it.


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