The introduction to this blog post series is here.
Part One: Kids and Teens Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol consumption is down, according to statitics.
A new thing: kids are soaking tampons in vodka. Boys insert into the anus and girls can use the orifice of their choosing. They do this in school so they can be drunk and have no alcohol smell on their breath. The OB/GYN doctor on the panel said this would work as an absorption method through the mucous membranes. (I was speechless at this idea, to me this is pure desperation and completely pathetic and ridiculous, and gross.)
Another thing kids do is soak gummy bears and other gummy candy in vodka. They absorb it and double in size. However using this gives alcohol smelling breath.
(From Connecticut, at a parent lecture, parents were told that the trend was to put vodka in spring water bottles and to hang out watching movies while parents were home. The parents thought they were only drinking water when they were actually getting drunk.)
Not much was said at this lecture about drinking because other dangerous behaviors are what is on the rise.
Marijuana is the number one drug and is usually the first illegal recreational drug a person tries, in their middle school years or first years of high school.
Abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise and was a major concern so much more time was spent discussing that.
I will blog about those topics in a separate post.
Perhaps talking about drinking and driving for 20+ years has finally got its message through? That was not even mentioned at this lecture!