Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

January 23-29 is National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW). It is an annual, week-long observance sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the week-long observance is to bring together teens and scientific experts to shatter myths about substance use and addiction.

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Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

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Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

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Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

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Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

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Alcohol and drug abuse can come in many forms. From alcohol to e-cigarettes. From prescription/over-the-counter medicines to illicit drugs. Repeated use of drugs and alcohol can have the severe negative effects on the brain and body. The worst part is that the potential risks multiply over time.

Some of the negative effects of drug and alcohol use and abuse are:

  • Lowered inhibitions and decreased memory
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Loss of coordination and physical control
  • Loss of proper brain and nerve cell function
  • Death

Results from an annual national survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders funded by NIDA and conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, measures drug, alcohol, and cigarette use among these age groups, and related attitudes.

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Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Both teens and parents alike are bombarded with myths about drug use. Teens often hear these myths from the Internet, TV, movies, music, or friends. That is why it’s important to have credible resources that share scientific facts at the ready to dispel the myths.

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Did You Know: 

About 19,000 people died from a prescription pain reliever overdose in 2014, more than 3 times the number in 2001.

Each year, an estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, and almost 41,000 nonsmokers die from diseases caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Cold showers, hot coffee, or walking will not reverse the effects of alcohol overdose and could actually make things worse.

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One of the key resources for NDAFW is the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge – a 12-question multiple choice quiz that teens and adults can take to test their knowledge about drugs and assist in sorting fact from fiction.

My teen daughter and I took the challenge ourselves, and discovered that we both have much to learn about the effects of alcohol and drug use and abuse. I encourage you to take the IQ Challenge together with your teen during NDAFW. Compare results, and use them as a tool to start the discussion with them.

Quiz: Do You and Your Teen Know All the Facts About Alcohol and Drug Abuse? Additionally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers a plethora of resources to educate families on drug and alcohol facts and encourage healthy discussion. The Family Checkup Resource provides parents with research-based skills to help keep children drug-free. There’s even expert advice for parents on what to do if you suspect a teen has a problem with drugs, and a free downloadable booklet that walks through shattering the many myths of drugs.

One of the best ways for parents to encourage discussion about alcohol and drug abuse with their teens is to create a safe and comfortable space for them to ask questions about drug and alcohol use, without judgment or lectures. Also, don’t be afraid to admit that the two of you are learning. Remember that a little reassurance will go a long way in helping your teen feel confident in knowing that the two of you are on this journey together.

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Keep the conversation going beyond National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM. Set aside time throughout the year to talk to your teens about drugs and alcohol.

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  • Shannon Graham

    I used to attend alcohol and drug rallies that spoke out against this. I went and taught about the dangers of it.

  • Kristi Nelson Renner

    An important topic, it hits close to home with a relative that chose alcohol over having any contact with our kids.

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    this should be lectured to the teens nowadays! they have no idea about aclohol and drug abuse!

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    We for sure don’t but its something we have talked about for many years and my teen, who at times is smarter than I am is very open with me and we discuss just about everything! Will be sharing this with him after school!

  • Nikki

    This is a very interesting article! my husband doesnt drink, and he totally agrees with this article.

  • It doesn’t surprise me about e-cigarettes…it seems like you can get addicted to anything.
    But your graphs are not only unique but do show some promise and hope.

  • Amanda Love

    It’s definitely important to make sure that the kids understand what it’s like to abuse drugs and alcohol and how it can gravely affect their future. Going on lectures and talks or tours can definitely help them understand that more.

  • Melissa Chapman

    In our house we talk about this stuff till we are blue in the face. Knowledge is power especially when it comes to our kids! If they have knowledge they can make better and informed choices!

  • Marcie W.

    Keeping an open line of communication with our children is essential, especially when it comes to important topics such as this. We are entering the teen and tween years, so I plan to bookmark this information.

  • Theresa

    This is very important information to share with our children. I come from a long line of addicts, so stressing the importance of substance abuse has been a hot topic in our household as early as my girls were able to fully comprehend what we were teaching them.

  • meagan goepferich

    This is such an important subject to talk about. I know that prescription drug use is becoming more prominent and we have had to talk a lot about that.

  • Christina Richard

    This is a very serious subject to make and i love that you post this. I use to teach a class about this at my workplace and i really enjoyed it and leaned a lot, and educated a lot about it. It’s so important to know the facts about the side affects and the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

  • Aio Kona

    My children are all grown ups now, and I must admit, they did a lot of experimenting when they were that age. Thankfully, they never got into the habit. This post is a great reference for parents with kids in that age group. My sister has a 13 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. I am sharing this post with her.

  • gaynycdad

    We talk about these issues all the time. My son is predisposed based on his lineage, and I am sober. So we have a fair amount of information, and I make him talk about it regularly, in a way that he gets. At least there is no alcohol in the house!

  • Pam

    It is so important to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol. They need to know the facts!

  • Great info. Thank you for sharing. I have a new tween so these issues are right around the corner. I hope that she will make good choices. Informing the kids of the consequences is important.

  • This is a great resource. I’m bookmarking this as a reference for the kids. They’re getting to an age where this is going to be a real concern for me. =/

  • Robin Rue

    I really do worry about this. My oldest is 12 and I want to say he knows better, but you never know with all the peer pressure out there.