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Binge Drinking Becoming a Self-Medication Method for Teen Girls

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports on recent studies showing binge drinking is a growing problem among that nation's women and teen girls.

The alcoholic beverage industry counters the claims, saying that teenage drinking is at an all time low.

Whether at a high or low, one in five high school girls binge drink, according to the CDC and the result of such engagement with alcohol is dangerous.

How often and when a person drinks alcohol is as important as how much alcohol she drinks. For example, one drink every day seven drinks each week is considered drinking in moderation for an adult. However, drinking seven drinks in one night (binging) is considered alcohol abuse.

The organization warns that the high rates of binge drinking, most likely a method of self-medication, places females at a higher risk for breast cancer, heart disease, STDs and unintended pregnancy.

Safe drinking limits vary from person to person. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services state this general rule: moderate drinking no more than one drink a day for most women.

It may be hard to admit that you, or someone you know, is struggling with an alcohol problem. Balancing school, family, friends, and maybe even a boyfriend or girlfriend is hard work. It can be really easy to fall into the wrong things if you are stressed out and it can also be really easy to make a bad choice when you aren't feeling yourself.

TeenCentral.Net
is a unique prevention, intervention and aftercare Web site developed by KidsPeace to help teens safely and anonymously tell their stories and receive sound advice within 24 hours from specially trained volunteers and counselors.

Log on and work out a binge drinking issue here: http://www.teencentral.net/.

U.S. faces critical adoption shortage

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By Kristen Fritz

 

In December 2012, Russia closed their doors to all U.S. adoptions. That leaves the U.S at an all-time low for adoption rates, plummeting to a 20-year low after peaking at nearly 23,000 in 2004 and falling to 9,319 in 2011, according to the state department.

 

Russia was among the top three foreign countries to serve as the source of children to be adopted by Americans. Declines in adoptions from China, Ethiopia and South Korea are prompting some parents to look homeward. The number of U.S. infant adoptions (about 90,000 in 1971) fell from 22,291 in 2002 to 18,078 in 2007, according to the most recent five-year tally from the private National Council for Adoption. But the group's president, Chuck Johnson, says the number has remained fairly stable since 2007, citing efforts to promote adoption.

 

Today there are fewer children in foster care because more are reunited with birth parents or adopted by relatives and foster parents. The number waiting to be adopted fell from 130,637 in 2003 to 104,236 in 2011, according to the Children's Bureau. In an effort to help, KidsPeace continues to support their communities and families by helping to provide foster care to kids that need loving, deserving and caring homes.

 

With ongoing help from our community and society, we can continue to have a positive impact on our children and continue to make a difference in their lives. With a little bit of love comes an even bigger smile.

 

 
   
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