Teendrinking6Summer is around the corner.  Whether we are talking about distracted driving or underage drinking both topics demand full attention of both parents and teenagers.

Today myths were debunked by The Treatment Research Institute and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

Here is a first look at the  “Underage Drinking In The Home,” a new resource was created as a collaboration between The Treatment Research Institute and The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Also take the time to read their recent press release which lists that debunks common myths and misperceptions that unfortunately, too many parents subscribe to common myths and misperceptions related to underage drinking.

Here are just a few of the myths:

Myth: Some parents think that providing alcohol to teens at home decreases the risk for continued drinking as teens get older, and subsequent drinking problems later in life. Truth: The opposite is true – parents should be aware that supplying alcohol to minors actually increases, rather than decreases the risk for continued drinking in the teenage years and leads to subsequent problem drinking later in life.

Myth: Young people from European cultures whose parents give them alcohol at an early age learn to drink more responsibly than their American counterparts. Truth: A greater percentage of European youth report drinking regularly (in the past 30 days) versus American youth, and for a majority of European countries, a greater percentage of young people report having been intoxicated before the age of 13 than is the case in the U.S. The World Health Organization cites global longitudinal studies that found the earlier young people start drinking, the more likely they are to experience alcohol-related injury and alcohol dependence later in life.

Myth: Parents who serve alcohol to teenagers at home are under no legal jeopardy. Truth: A majority of states have civil and or criminal penalties for adults who serve alcohol to underage kids at home.

Press Release dated May 22, 2013.