Teenagers & Alcohol
Teenagers and Alcohol Many parents today like to believe that their teenager does or has not drank any sort of alcohol. 80% of high school students have tried alcohol in 2015.
Distorted vision, hearing and coordination Altered perceptions and emotions Bad breath Hangovers Loss of concentration
Short Term Effects Include:
Cirrhosis and cancer of the liver Loss of appetite Heart and central nervous system damage Memory loss
Long Term Effects Include:
Negative Side To Drinking
Risk of academic failure Illicit drug use Tobacco use Range of physical consequences Death from alcohol poisoning Suicide Homicide Traffic crash (drink driving)
Why Do Teenagers Drink?
To fit in with their friends or peers To show they are strong and not weak Peer pressure Family issues Depressed
Teenages often drink because:
Alcohol interferes with a person's perception of reality and the ability to make good decisions. It also has an impared judgment- this can lead to accidents, drowning and other risky behaviors like unsafe underage sexual intercourse and drug use. Teens who drink before the age of fifteen, are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life, than thoughs who start drinking at the legal age of eighteen
Annually about 4,700 people under the age of 18 die from injuries involving underage drinking. Before your child or children have a chance to be presented with alcohol, make sure you have you as a parent talk to your child about the risks. By saying 'no' to alcohol remind them the dangers of alcohol to. By the age of twelve, children should know the risks when consuming alcohol. It is up to you as parents to teach the dangers and consequences when dealing with alcohol.
Do the right thing. Don't underage drink. By Georgia Quinn Yr9 PDHPE