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Is It Bad To Mix Vodka In My Drinks at 12 YO?

Published: December 19, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,
is it bad to drink vodka mixed with a soft/fizzy drink at the age of 12 ? i dont drink so much that i get drunk, i just add a bit to my drinks, i have never got drunk, but can it harm me, me doing thhis ?
Signed: Is It Bad To Mix Vodka In My Drinks at 12 YO?

Dear Is It Bad To Mix Vodka In My Drinks at 12 YO?,

 

TeenHealthFX has serious concerns about your drinking vodka at the age of 12. Because you are putting it in soft drinks and fizzy drinks you may not be able to taste the vodka very much – but just because you can’t taste it, and even though you aren’t drinking it straight from the bottle, doesn’t mean that you’re just having a harmless drink when you consume one of the concoctions. You are still consuming alcohol, which will affect your body and mind.

FX wants you to consider the following:

·         Many teens drink with the goal of becoming tipsy or drunk. If you never get drunk, why use the vodka at all? FX is certainly not implying that if you’re going to use it, go all the way – but if you are saying that you don’t feel an affect of the alcohol, why even bother with it? Are you feeling pressured by peers to drink? Do you need some help in learning how to deal with that peer pressure? FX recommends that you stick with a plain soft drink and find a way to be okay with going without the alcohol.

·         Are you sure that you are not getting drunk? Studies have shown that most people (both teens and adults) have some trouble recognizing how tipsy or intoxicated they are in terms of being aware of how much the alcohol has affected their level of functioning and what they are capable of doing.

·         Are you drinking alone? If you are drinking alone, FX is concerned with any emotional issues that may be going on to contribute to your wanting to drink alone.

·         Are you drinking with friends? If you are drinking with friends, FX is concerned about how much alcohol use is a priority to you and your friends rather than focusing on healthier ways of occupying your time. What is going for you that are drawn to people who want to drink? How much is drinking and partying a focus right now in your peer group and how much is this going to escalate with time?

·         Studies have shown that people who start drinking as teens have a much higher rate of abusing or becoming dependent on alcohol as adults.  

·         Underage drinking is illegal. You are breaking the law by consuming alcohol at the age of 12. You run the risk of getting yourself in legal trouble or whoever the adults are who own the house in which you drink (your parents or the parents of friends).

 

FX has given you a few things to think about above, but we also suggest you read some of our questions and answers on the topic of underage alcohol use that will explain these considerations, as well as some additional concerns, in detail. Please take a look at 14 And Has A Few Drinks Once And A While, Concerned About Underage Drinking, and What Happens To Alcohol After It Is Consumed.

 

If you are concerned you may have a problem with alcohol, speak with your parents, a school counselor, or a private therapist trained in working with teens with substance abuse issues. If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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