Dr. Gusterson was included on a panel of experts to discuss young adult drinking–what parents and their kids should know, talk about, and do to promote healthy behavior.
Most parents hate to think about their teens and young adult children using or misusing alcohol. Experimentation is common but it comes with risks to individuals and society: “…drunk driving deaths and ER visits, pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases incurred under the influence, wasted police time, suspensions from school, wrecked athletic and career dreams, families eaten away by worry and deceit, laws eroded by persistent disregard, and young adults falling into self-destructive habits that can be hard to shake.”
Dr. Gusterson is the co-conductor of the study, "Understanding Teen Drinking Cultures in America" (2010), that provided these notes.
July 29, 2013