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Should I be concerned if my teenage daughter has begun drinking socially?

The fact that your teenage daughter has begun drinking socially is cause for concern. Underage drinking is illegal. Your daughter could be arrested, and you could be held legally responsible for her actions under the influence of alcohol. Also, drinking puts your daughter at risk for being sexually active and less likely to protect herself from sexually transmitted diseases. She is also at increased risk for becoming a victim of violence, motor vehicle crashes, attempted suicide, overdosing and date rape.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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