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CTC Prevention Coalition of Centre County
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Underage Drinking

As your body grows, so do the temptations that affect it. While drinking alcohol may seem like a harmless way to have fun, it is dangerous and can be deadly. 

 

What does alcohol affect?

Alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it is carried to the rest of your body. Some of the parts of your body it affects are:

Liver - The liver filters blood, but can only metabolize alcohol at a limited rate. Excess alcohol invades the liver cells and this can lead to diseases such as cirrhosis and cancer. 

Stomach - Alcohol can make you sick to your stomach and can cause ulcers and other problems in long-term drinkers

Heart - Alcohol can overwork your heart. This can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease

Brain -Alcohol kills your brain cells. It depresses your central nervous system. This means it impairs your coordination, balance, concentration, reflexes, vision, reason, and judgment. 

What are the consequences of underage drinking?

Personal

 

You could lose privileges and your parents' trust

You could hurt your ability to get a job after graduation

You can hurt the development of your coping skills and emotional maturity

You will have a greater chance of addiction (alcoholism) 

 

Legal

You could lose all driving privileges

You could spend time in jail

You could be required to pay hefty fines and court fees

 

 How do I say no?

Thinking through the situation. It's too easy to act first and think later based on what you're feeling at the time. Think about the consequences. It could save you a headache later, and could even save your life. 

Being prepared ahead of time. Know what you will say when tempted with alcohol. Know your values and where you stand on issues like alcohol, drugs, and sex. Then, don't let yourself down. Stand up for what you believe in.

Thinking of yourself as a leader and take the initiative to walk away. Choose something positive to do instead -- a hobby, a sport, or having fun with some friends who are not drinking

Staying away from groups that would try to tempt you. 

 

Every year in the United States, about 5,000 young people under age 21 die as a result of underage drinking.

Check out these links! 

Alcohol Information: 

http://www.freevibe.com/Drug_Facts/alcohol.asp

If your friend has a problem:

http://www.freevibe.com/stepup/index.asp

If your parent(s) has a problem:

http://www.freevibe.com/talking/index.asp


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