Tips for Teens: Alcohol
Although it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, and consume alcohol, many teenagers do drink. As a result, in addition to breaking the law, these teens are particularly vulnerable to the various problems that alcohol can cause.
"Don't Harm Yourself, Arm Yourself with Knowledge" about the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol and other drug use (AOD) has been implicated as a factor in many of this country's most serious problems such as:
- Violence and Crime - AOD use is associated with a significant proportion of violence and crime. AOD use is known to impair judgment, reduce inhibitiion, and increase aggression.
- Negative Health Risks- Alcohol is associated with car crashes, homicides, suicides and drowning, leading causes of death among youth. Also, studies suggest a direct association between AOD use and unsafe/high-risk sexual behavior linked to unplanned pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Addiction - 1 in 10 Americans who drink will become an alcoholic.
- Acquaintance and Date Rape - Alcohol is reportedly involved in up to 65% to 75% of such cases on college campuses.
- Lowered Academic Performance - AOD can effect functions needed for academic performance and achievement such as concentration, memory, alertness, motivation, judgment and abstract reasoning.
- Lowered Work Productivity - Studies show that alcohol and other drug users are far less productive, use three times as many sick days, and are more likely to injure themselves or someone else.