5 Reasons to Think Before You Drink Have you been at a friend’s party and people were drinking beer or other alcohol? Have you ever thought about taking a drink? Underage drinking is against the law (you need to be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol) and there are a lot of risks associated with drinking, including death. We hope that these sobering facts about alcohol consumption will give you all the reasons you need to stop and think before you drink.
It’s Dangerous!: You might feel uncoordinated, have trouble walking and have difficulty thinking clearly. Drinking too much can lead to dizziness, blurry vision, vomiting, blackouts and alcohol poisoning — which may be life-threatening. And when you’re young, it’s hard to tell when you’ve had too much.
It Can Result in Brain Damage: Three recent studies suggest that heavy drinking causes memory loss and perhaps even permanent brain damage. MRIs of the part of your brain associated with memory and learning was 10 percent smaller in those teens that drank regularly.
Alcohol Kills: Fatalities caused by alcohol are more than SIX times higher for young people than all illegal drugs combined.
It Leads to a Higher Risk for Addiction: The younger you start drinking, the more likely you are to abuse alcohol and become dependent. Sadly, more than 3 million students between 12 and 17 years old begin drinking each year.
There are Risks All Around: Adolescents who drink regularly are associated with risky sexual behaviors and academic failure, and are more likely to become both victims and perpetrators of crime
The fact is that underage drinking can have a negative effect on your life. There are serious consequences. So stop and think before you drink!
Think you or someone you know is at risk for addiction? Learn more about how to spot addiction here. Get insights into underage drinking and read helpful information at BeingGirl.com.