One of the most abused drugs in the United States is alcohol. It’s also a drug that many people start using at a very young age. Though it’s illegal for people younger than 21 years to drink, many children are introduced to alcohol well before they reach that age. The earlier they begin using alcohol, the higher risk they will have for problems with it later in life. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help parents understand the dangers of alcohol and how to prevent alcohol use.

Alcohol is often the first drug that young people try. Since alcohol is legal for those older than 21 years and found in most American homes, it’s often easy for children to be around alcohol and its use. Some parents may feel relieved when they find out their teen is “only” drinking ­alcohol. They may even think it isn’t...

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