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The Cool Spot

The Cool Spot

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Dobibe recommended teen site: The Cool Spot

‘The Cool Spot’ is for young teens who are curious about alcohol. The site targets those 11 to 13 years of age but has information older teens can use. The sites use of cartoons and flash will keep you entertained. ‘The Cool Spot’ covers info about alcohol use, risks of teens using alcohol and resisting peer pressure. Learn the facts about alcohol.

The site was created by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

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From sixth to ninth grade the child’s belief that alcohol is harmful decreases. Fortunately, parents and grandparents are the most trusted group to get information from during this age span.  Be familiar with the facts so you can help your underage child choose not to drink.

Every year almost 5000 people under the age of 21 die due to underage drinking. Causes include falls, drowning, traffic accidents, alcohol poisoning, burns, suicides and other harms.

A child who drinks at the age of fifteen or younger is seven times more likely to be an alcoholic as an adult.

The mind continues to develop until the mid-twenties. Excessive underage drinking may cause harm to brain development. Alcohol affects memory making school work more difficult.

An underage alcohol drinker is more likely to binge drink than someone older than 21. Drinking reduces a person’s ability to make good judgments. The teen may engage in risky or embarrassing behaviors including taking dangerous dares or engaging in unprotected sex.

Teens frequently drink because they think it makes them look cool. There is nothing cool about stumbling, slurring words and puking (alcohol causes the stomach to release acid).

Alcohol also does not help with shyness. It is hard to feel good about yourself when you have done something embarrassing while drunk.

Always look for opportunities to share this information with your teen. Beer commercials, movies and song lyrics may give you the opportunity to point out how the media hype doesn’t reflect reality.

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