Early adolescence is a time when some youth begin feeling pressured to drink and experimenting with alcohol. Teenagers may use alcohol to cope with the stress of fitting in and during times of challenging transitions and life changes. In addition, teens often don’t realize the harmful effects that drinking can have on them. For example, did you know that underage drinking can lead to alcohol-related deaths? Alcohol-related accidents are a leading cause of teen deaths. Teen drownings, suicides, and murders also have been linked with alcohol use. To encourage your teen to avoid alcohol, talk to him or her about the risks and the importance of making good decisions. For more information on how to talk to your son/daughter about avoiding underage drinking please visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/teen-drinking/art-20047947.