These young people are not only putting themselves in danger now, they are also affecting their futures. Research shows that children who first use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to have alcohol problems than those who start drinking after 21.
Despite the prevalence of underage drinking, and the potential consequences, research shows that parents generally underestimate the extent to which their teen children use alcohol and even consider it inevitable.
"Families in Action" host Cary Quashen has been working in the field of behavioral, alcohol and drug treatment for teens since 1978, and is a nationally recognized expert.
(Click here for info on the ACTION Parent and Teen Support Program) 
To watch a video on the Santa Clarita Youth Grove - dedicated to Santa Clarita youth who lost their lives in traffic incidents - located in Central Park (CLICK HERE)
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