Peer pressure is not something new that has just reared it’s ugly head. Unfortunately peer pressure has been around for decades and it is getting more publicity as of late. Many teenagers are pressured into smoking, doing drugs and drinking alcohol at a young age. Studies shows that just over 25% of teenagers 14-18 have tried illegal drugs in their lives. 1/3 reported smoking marijuana the first time at age 13. This trend can and usually does lead to drug addiction.
2/3 of teenagers report that they have been drinking alcohol. Of that percentage 20% of them were teen boys that started drinking at age 12.
But, say experts, there are steps you can take to support your adolescent in the face of teen peer pressure. Follow them and you’ll rest easier when your teen heads out of the house on a Friday night.
As you can see we need to start educating our kids at a younger age. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the talk can wait till high school. By then it could be too late. Drug Treatment centers have materials that help parents talk to their teenager about drug and alcohol abuse. Take the time to save your child’s life, stay informed.