Parents: Talking to your Teen Part 4 Eastern Health 2016

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Talking to your teenager about Sexuality & Sexual Health
A Guide for Parents & Caregivers Part 4: Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Mixing alcohol, others drugs, and sex can have serious short and long term effects on someone's mental, emotional, and sexual health. The use of alcohol and other drugs is something we need to talk about with our teens.
It is illegal to purchase or drink alcohol in NL if you are under the age of 19
Teens who drink alcohol are                  likely to have sex than those who do not drink alcohol. Teens who use drugs are                  likely to have sex than those who do not use drugs. A person is incapable of consent to sexual activity when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
It is illegal to purchase alcohol for someone under the age of 19
Alcohol is the #1 drug used to facilitate sexual assault
Drug facilitated sexual assault & what you need to know
Much more common than drug facilitated sexual assault is for young people to consume too much alcohol or drugs and then become a victim of sexual assault. This can happen to both men and women.
Marijuana is the #2 drug used to facilitate sexual assault
Drugs can be easily slipped into someone's drink at a party or a bar. The drugs take effect QUICKLY. Often, while the victim is unconscious, the sexual assault takes place. Victims often have no memory of what happened, and often blame themselves.
The Effects of Sexual Assault
Most victims do not tell anyone about the assault, as they may blame themselves and want to try and forget that it happened. If they were drinking alcohol, their memory of what happened may be fuzzy, so the crime is not reported. The emotional damage can last a long time. Trust and self-esteem may be hard to rebuild. Other long term effects of sexual assault may include pregnancy and/or a sexually transmitted infection.
of all drug facilitated sexual assaults in Canada are committed by a date or someone that the victim knows.
As a parent, advice you can give to your teen:
Assure your teen that they can trust you and talk to you about anything.   Tell your teen that they don't have to drink to have a good time. Parents can influence the decisions their teens make around alcohol use.
For more information see Talking to your Teenager about Sexuality & Sexual Health, Parts 1-3, 5 and our Conversation Tips:
Part 1: Growing Up Sexually Healthy & Let's Start Talking
Part 5: The Internet & Sex
Part 3: Teens & Birth Control
Part 2: Sexual Development & Sexual Health Risks
Conversation Tips
Additional Resource:
Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre
24 Hour Crisis Hotline 1-800-726-2743
Eastern Health, 2016
Talking to Your Teenager about Sexuality, ages 13-18, Peel Public Health.