But Lauren, 18, didn't stop worrying about Nate, especially as he withdrew from his friends.

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Studies have found high school and college female athletes are more likely to engage in problem drinking.[14] The “impact of athletic participation on drinking behavior is complicated by mediating factors, such as peer influences, sport-related identities and sport subcultures.”[15] According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), more than half of male and female college athletes report drinking during their competitive and off seasons.[16] However, many female athletes are seeking to maximize their athletic performance and have a strong support system for healthy decision-making that allows them to be less likely to fall prone to substance abuse as a whole. E., Sabo, D., Shakib, S., Theberge, N., Veliz, P., Weaver, A., & Williams, N. Her Life Depends On It III: Sport, Physical Activity, and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women.

Excessive alcohol consumption hampers athletic performance by undermining muscle development and recovery, proper absorption and metabolism of nutrients and information processing and retention.[17] When athlete’s abuse alcohol it may be a result of self-medication to reduce the anxiety and stress of competition and injuries, exaggerated perceptions of peer alcohol use or drinking-tolerant team subcultures [18], where the team may be more conducive to drinking.[19] Alcohol is a substance closely linked to sports, especially through advertisements that promote the sports environment as an atmosphere accepting and almost encouraging of drinking.

In the United States and many other countries, underage drinking is a serious problem. There is a difficult relationship between alcohol and athletes that makes it particularly important to educate our young girls about.

has her first drink is 13.[1] It is important for young girls to be aware of the problems associated with drinking and how to best protect themselves so that they may live a healthy life both physically and mentally.

Talking to kids early and openly about the risks of drinking can help reduce their chances of becoming problem drinkers.

Common knowledge suggests that being involved in athletics will protect against the pitfalls of substance abuse, the true relationship between the two is complex particularly when looking at alcohol. By educating, we can help them avoid a host of negative consequences associated with problem drinking, damaging to their immediate and long-term health, safety and well-being. Binge drinking is defined, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as a pattern of drinking that elevates blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/d L, which typically occurs after four drinks for women in roughly two hours.[2] The risks associated with problem drinking are associated with a constellation of health consequences, such as heart disease, stroke, liver disease, breast cancer, low bone density and fetal alcohol syndrome.[3] Alcohol has also been identified as a gateway drug which can lead to the use of other illicit drugs [4] and underage drinking is a predictor of future alcohol dependence, employment problems and criminality. With 80 percent of its occurrence coming from lifestyle choices,...Student athletes on Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School's Mentors in Violence Prevention team were trained to speak up when they spot a warning sign or dangerous situation.Click through to see how students create a healthier community.