Straight Talk about Drinking

teens drinking

Did you know?

  • Of the teens who drink, most start before age 15
  • More than one in four of Oregon’s eighth-graders had a drink during the last 30 days
  • Almost 45 percent of Oregon’s 11th-graders drank alcohol during the past month

The question then becomes if a teenager is drinking, at what point does it become a serious problem such as alcohol abuse or addiction. Normally it’s not just one behavior that indicates there might be a problem, but multiple issues together that can indicate the beginning of an alcohol problem.  Here are some indicators that a problem with alcohol may exist:

  • You promise you’re going to stop drinking but you never do
  • Your social life revolves around alcohol
  • It takes more and more alcohol to get drunk then it used to
  • You put yourself or someone else in unsafe situations, like drunk driving
  • Extreme changes in your personality when drinking
  • Memory loss while drinking, also known as black outs

Sometimes due to things like peer pressure it becomes difficult for a teen to say no when he/she is offered a drink.  If a friend pressures you into drinking, here are six ways to say “no” that were created by Oregon teens for teens:

  • “No thanks.”
  • “Do you think I’m stupid?”
  • “I have a life, no thanks.”
  • “Are you crazy? My coach/parent/brother/sister will kill me!”
  • “Don’t waste your money on me.”
  • “I don’t feel like it. Do you have any soda?”

You can visit us at Youth Outreach or call us day or night with questions or assistance 1.866.538.8023


About Youth Outreach

We are located at 719 E. First St Newberg, OR 97132 503-538-8023

Posted on August 20, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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