All About Alcohol

Binge drinking involves drinking a lot of alcoholic drinks in one sitting which could lead to alcohol poisoning or severe intoxication. Both of these can be fatal .

You should call an ambulance if

  • You can't wake up someone who has passed out from drinking too much.
  • They start vomiting in their sleep.
  • They start to have seizures.
  • They have slow and irregular breathing and heart rate.
  • They are bluish, pale and/or have cold skin.

Mixing Alcohol with Energy Drinks or Drugs

  • Alcohol is a depressant and slows down your body and brain. Caffeine has the opposite effect and increases alertness and speeds up functions.
  • If you combine the two, energy drinks can mask the effects of alcohol which can lead to drinking way too much without even realizing it.
  • Mixing alcohol with other substances such as drugs (illegal or prescription) can also have serious effects such as severe impairment, accidental overdosing and even death

 

Alcohol addiction can start easily, but often is very hard to beat. Some signs of a drinking problem are drinking more often, drinking larger amounts, drinking in secret and having trouble at work or school because of drinking.

Most teens don't end up abusing drugs or alcohol but it is still a big worry for parents. Many kids struggle every day to cope with school, friends, social settings and their ever changing emotions. The stress of all these things might cause them to consider using drugs and alcohol.

As a parent, you are the most important role model for your kids and their best defence against drug use. You know your kids better than anyone else and can help them to think for themselves, cope with stress and peer pressure, and understand the importance of being careful about what they put into their bodies.

Studies show that a parent can reduce their child's risk of drug use by up to 50% just by talking to them and being actively involved in their lives. Developing a strong connection to family is one of the best ways to decrease the chance your teen will use drugs or alcohol.

Remember to keep the lines of communication open with your teen. Start early and get ahead of the drug questions and be clear on where you stand about drugs.

Alcohol  Get the facts

The Truth about Alcohol - Foundation for a Drug Free World.

Below is a short video about underage drinking and how, you as a parent, can prevent it: 

 

Find more information about underage drinking by clicking here