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Why Teens Should be Alcohol-Free

  • Binge drinking can lead to death from respiratory arrest or from vomiting and choking-never let a friend "sleep it off"
  • Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, and other injuries kill more than 2000 U.S. teens every year
  • Teens can become dependent on alcohol in as little as six months

Alcohol is addictive

  • If there is alcoholism in your family, you have a higher risk of becoming an alcoholic, and alcoholism is a life-long disease
  • Alcohol causes cancer & organ damage all over the body
  • Alcohol causes cancer of the mouth, throat, breast, and liver as well as heart disease, liver disease, lung disease and brain cell damage

Alcohol is a depressant that slows the activity of the brain

Alcohol impairs judgement and alters behavior, increasing the chances of:

  • having unprotected sex, causing pregnancy and spreading disease including AIDS
  • getting into fights and becoming violent
  • committing murder and suicide
  • being the victim of or committing sexual assaults, including date rape
  • driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver
  • making a fool of yourself
  • using other drugs

Alcohol impairs driving ability by:

  • slowing reaction time
  • decreasing coordination and altering vision

Alcohol is a toxin that affects every organ of the body

Alcohol quickly enters the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body, causing:

  • lower heart rate, slower breathing, passing out, then coma and respiratory arrest
  • nausea and vomiting, then choking to death
  • loss of balance and poor coordination leading to serious injuries or death
  • bad breath, heavy sweating,and weight gain (alcohol is high in empty calories)
  • blurry or double vision
  • black outs and memory loss
  • hangovers with headaches and upset stomachs

Girls and those with lower body weight are affected by alcohol even faster.

   

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