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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.

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"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.
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