The big deal is this:
“Alcohol kills more teenagers than all OTHER drugs combined. It is a factor in the three leading causes of death for 15-24 year olds: accidents, homicides and suicides.” www.drugfreeworld.org
You do have a good point, Harrison – but, the statistics about drinking and adults are staggering too: 2.5 million people a year are treated for alcohol abuse. 1.4 million drivers are arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) each year, and 40% of all violent crimes occur while under the influence of alcohol.
Drinking alcohol is a serious decision, and clearly one that not even many adults make well. Teens however, are even more at risk for serious outcomes because (yes we’ve said it before) your brains and bodies are still developing. Your bodies can not handle the same level of alcohol as adults and you can cause permanent brain damage from alcohol use (let alone the fact that you can die).
This section is going to cover the following topics so you can make the decision that is right for you when it comes to drinking… now, and when you are a big boring adult:
After you are done with these posts, please take our “Alcohol Q&A” that will provide you with even more information on this important topic in a question and answer format. It’s located in the Drugs and Alcohol subtopics section and looks like this:
If you have any further questions after that, please check out www.drugfreeworld.org which was kind enough to supply us with much of the information in these posts. It is an excellent resource for information on all drugs.
Post Question: Have you been impacted by someone’s drinking? If so, please share.