Preventing Alcohol Use in Teens.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
David Seitz, MD
New York Internist, David Seitz, MD, Medical Director of the Recovery Center at Nyack Hospital
shares how to work with your teens to avoid alcohol use.
Nyack, N.Y. April 11, 2014 – April is Alcohol Awareness Month and it’s a good time to evaluate how effectively you are communicating about alcohol use with your family, especially your teens. Alcoholism and alcohol-related problems touch all Americans, either directly or indirectly. It affects people of all ages, ethnicities, genders, geographic regions and socioeconomic levels.
The theme of the month is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” For people who are struggling with alcoholism, help is available. There are more than 20 million people currently in recovery. To reduce the devastating impact of alcoholism in the future, we need to educate young people about the extreme risks involved in underage alcohol use.
The longer someone postpones starting to drink, the less likely they are to develop an addiction. As a parent, you do have an influence on your child’s behavior. Here are some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) on how to help your teen avoid drinking:
Teen drinking is a problem in every community. Take steps now to help your teens avoid the many problems associated with alcohol abuse and alcoholism.
About The Recovery Center at Nyack Hospital
The Addiction Services of Nyack Hospital provides complete care to those struggling with substance abuse and chemical dependency. The Recovery Center offers medically monitored detoxification. Inpatient care and outpatient programs are offered conveniently at Nyack Hospital in a comfortable, secure and confidential environment. The Recovery Center for Change is a satellite program which honors our commitment to outreach and the removal of barriers that prevent the community from accessing our hospital-based services.
Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1895, it is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has partnered with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine providing clinical rotations to third-year medical students. Its mission is to provide competent, innovative and accessible emergency and acute care services to the residents of Rockland County and surrounding areas.