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Alcohol and Tobacco

  • Understanding Alcohol's Effects

    The extent of alcohol's effect on the central nervous system depends upon how much is in your blood and how much blood you have.

  • Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic

    The leading substance-abuse threat to children may be as close as your refrigerator. About 10 million adolescents drink alcohol. In fact, minors drink 19 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States.

  • The Dangers of Binge Drinking

    Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-plus drinks in a row.

  • Binge Drinking Dangers for Young People

    Binge drinkers are most likely found on college campuses, where many students consider a big game or fraternity party an excuse to drink all weekend.

  • Smoking

    Ninety percent of new smokers are children and teenagers. In many cases, they are replacing the smokers who quit or died prematurely from a smoking-related disease.

  • Help Your Kids Quit Smoking

    Every day, about 3,000 U.S. teenagers start smoking. If you're a parent of a young smoker, you can take steps to help the child quit. But first, it helps to understand why teens light up.

  • Helping Kids to Avoid Cigarettes

    Every day, nearly 6,000 teens and pre-teens try cigarettes for the first time, according to the American Lung Association. A third of these first-timers will end up becoming smokers.

  • Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids

    The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open -- the more you talk to your children, the better chance you have of staying close when things get tough or when important issues like smoking arise.

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