10 Oct Alcohol
Updated October, 2018.
NOTE: Alcohol consumption under the age of 21 is illegal in the United States.
Alcohol is most likely going to show up in your life at some point. For some, that begins as early as middle school. In fact, the average age kids start drinking is 12 (11 for boys, 13 for girls, but remember average doesn’t make it something you should do). In high school, teens experience an even greater exposure, which means that thinking about who you are when it comes to drinking alcohol NOW, is a brilliant idea.
Unfortunately, drinking early in life is not a brilliant idea.Teens that start drinking before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those that start drinking at the legal age of 21. (Source: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-teens-and-alcohol). As Steve mentioned above, the teen brain can’t handle alcohol and really shouldn’t be handling alcohol because of all the intense changes happening. Learning about your brain is a big part of this because that hunk of grey matter between your ears is what will make your decisions about drinking or not. So, keep reading to learn the facts to make those decisions that are best for you….
- (A quick pop quiz)
- What Is Alcohol, Exactly?
- How Does Alcohol Affect the Body?
- Alcohol Contents: Are All Drinks the Same?
- Alcohol addiction = Alcoholism = Alcohol use disorder
- Tolerance and dependence
- What motivates people to drink?
- Your brain on alcohol
- Keeping you safe: the buddy system
- Bonus YSS: Alcohol helplines
- Bonus YSS: Energy drinks and alcohol
- Bonus YSS: Alcohol and Babies: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Have you been impacted by someone’s drinking? If so, please share.