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Alcohol and Teen Pregnancy
Teen pregnancy can sometimes be a result of impaired judgement while under the influence of alcohol. Continued alcohol use during the course of the teen pregnancy may create dangerous and sometimes fatal health issues for both the teen mother and baby.
Not only can teen drinking and alcohol use potentially cause serious health issues and sometime fatal outcomes during the gestation period of a teen pregnancy, but it may also account for what got the teen into the sexual encounter in the first place.
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy, more than a third of of sexually active adults age 15 to 24 have revealed the use of alcohol influenced them to do something sexual.
While under the influence of alcohol, the teen can become impaired not thinking to use birth control properly or even at all during that sexual experience resulting in unwanted pregnancy.
About 72 percent of teens in high school have consumed alcohol, According to the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). SADD's statistics also revealed that 46 percent, almost half, of all teen students have had sexual intercourse. Prior to the teen sexual activity, 21.6 percent of these teens drank alcohol beforehand. Only 38 percent of teens used birth control or spermicide.
Although teen pregnancy rates have steadily been declining since 2008, unwanted teen pregnancy rates are still upwards of 750,000 each year, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Continued use of alcohol throughout the pregnancy can result in severe and sometimes fatal outcomes for the baby including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
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Sources: thenationalcampaign.org, sadd.org, etr.org, babycenter.com, cdc.gov
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