This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse. All opinions are 100% mine.
This year National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW) is being held from January 23rd to January 29th. Each year, this week-long observance brings together teens and scientific experts to SHATTER THE MYTHSTM,SM about substance use and addiction.
Since 2010, they have been helping counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens often hear from the Internet, TV, movies, music and friends. Last year, they held more than 2,000 community-based events in all 50 states and internationally.
This year, one key resource is a 12-question multiple choice quiz that teens and adults can take to test their knowledge about drugs.
I took the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge, and to my surprise, missed a few so I went through the answers of what I missed with Zack and Tripp. Check out the video below to see how that discussion went:
10 Teen Drug Facts To Discuss With Your Teen:
Do you know these drug and alcohol facts?
Fact 1 – A single drink is much less than you think. The amount of liquid in your glass, can, or bottle is not necessarily equal to how much alcohol is in your drink. A standard drink is just 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of table wine or a 1.5 ounce shot.
Fact 2- Several states have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. However, because of concerns over the possible harm to the developing teen brain, recreational marijuana use by people under age 21 is prohibited in every single state.
Fact 3 – After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older.
Fact 4 – Alcohol affects all decision making skills, including impulsiveness. This means intoxicated teens are at greater risk for having an alcohol-related traffic crash, getting into fights, or making unwise decisions about sex.
Fact 5 – The amount of THC (the chemical responsible for many of the drug’s mind-altering effects) in marijuana has increased over the past few decades. In the early 1990s, the average THC content in marijuana was about 3.74 percent. In 2013, it was almost 10 percent, and much higher in some products such as oils and other extracts.
Fact 6 – Boys are more likely to abuse prescription stimulants to get high, while girls tend to abuse them to stay alert or to lose weight.
Fact 7 – Alcohol’s effects last longer than you think. After the drink has been finished, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream, impairing judgment and coordination for hours.
Fact 8 – Long-term, regular use of marijuana—starting in the teen years—may impair brain development and lower IQ, meaning the brain may not reach its full potential.
Fact 9- Alcohol is the most commonly used substance of abuse among young people in America, and drinking when you’re underage puts your health and safety at risk. Drinking can cause teens to have trouble in school or with the law. Teens who drink are more likely to use other drugs than teens who don’t.
Fact 10 – Marijuana can be addictive. A user may feel the urge to smoke marijuana again and again to re-create the “high.” Repeated use could lead to addiction—which means the person has trouble controlling their drug use and often cannot stop even though they want to.
Parents play such an important part in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.
For more ways to talk to your teen about drug use, check out my 10 Must-Know Myths About Teenage Drug Use blog post.
Do you think your child is at risk for substance abuse?
Check out the “Family Checkup” resource for some research-based skills that will help you keep your child drug-free.