REASONS WHY YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOL
Although drinking alcohol is illegal
for adolescents, there are adults who view it as "innocent, every-kid-tries-it"
behavior. Some adults even provide the alcohol. Because growing bodies are so sensitive to
the effects of alcohol, youth are at much greater risk than adults for emotional and
Alcohol is linked to the high death rate among adolescents.
Of all age groups, only the 15-24 year olds have an increasing death rate. Causes: car
accidents, suicides, and homicides; most of which are drug or alcohol related, most of
which are from unnatural causes and preventable.
Teenagers are still physically developing.
is a period of rapid growth. The brain, nervous system, reproductive system and liver are
still maturing. The body and muscle mass is incomplete and much more sensitive to the
chemicals in drugs. The younger a child starts using alcohol, the greater the chance of
becoming an alcoholic.
are still emotionally developing. A young
person is forming a sense of personal identity and is learning basic social skills.
Alcohol disrupts this process by producing a chemical "high" that affects the
process of learning how to deal with others, carrying out responsibilities, and handling
problems. Problem drinkers cease growing up mentally, emotionally, or socially. The
remain like children, even in adult bodies.
usually drink to get drunk. Kids
do not drink socially they drink to get "buzzed" or "wasted".
The teenage party focus is on drinking per se rather than on other activities. Most of
these parties have little or no parental supervision. The emphasis is on
"chug-a-lugs" and other drinking games.
There is no known "safe" dose of alcohol for young
. Any level of alcohol in the body of a young person puts him or her at
KIDS NEED AND WANT CLEAR
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY
TO SUPPORT A CLEAR, CONSISTENT "NO-USE" MESSAGE
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE!