Real Talk is a campaign created by local teens for teens and parents to start conversations about underage drinking. Real Talk hopes to change the social norms and attitudes around underage drinking.
Many teens have skewed perceptions about their peers drinking. Although teens commonly believe all of their peers drink, 67.4% of Vernon youth surveyed in 2017 reported they have never had alcohol and 78.8% perceived alcohol to be a great risk.
Reasons Teens Try Alcohol
There are a variety of reasons teenagers experiment with alcohol, but some of the most common reasons include:
- stress- teens who are stressed may turn to alcohol to cope, instead encourage them to find healthy coping mechanisms
- peer pressure- not only are teens pressured by their peers, but with social media at their fingertips teens are feeling the pressure to look and act like their favorite celebrities
- transitions- transitions can be difficult to navigate and teens may seek alcohol as a solution. Moving from middle school to high school, going through a break-up, or moving can put strain on a teen’s relationships
Information provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration