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What to Do About Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is becoming a bigger problem in the United States, more and more each day. According to a study, 13% of boys and 8% of girls have their first drink by the age of 13. Teenagers may turn to alcohol for various reasons such as: boredom, coping mechanism for stress and depression. One thing parents can do to help prevent underage drinking is to keep an eye out for the triggers. Some of the triggers may be:

  • Stress, Anxiety or Depression
  • The teen complains about being bored
  • The teen starts exhibiting signs of rebellion and anger
  • The teen lacks confidence
  • Mood Swings
  • School Problems
  • Switching Friends

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.