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Why should teens not drink alcohol?

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There are many reasons for teens to wait until they're 21 to drink. That's because drinking can cause many problems:

  • Drinking before you turn 21 is illegal. You can be cited by the police and arrested for underage drinking.
  • Drunk driving kills about 4,000 teens each year.
  • Your brain is still developing and will continue to develop until your early twenties. Drinking during this time may damage your brain. Teens who drink alcohol have more memory impairment than those who don't.
  • Using alcohol may put you at higher risk for dropping out of high school.
  • Starting to drink alcohol when you're a teen puts you at higher risk for being addicted to alcohol at some point in your life.
  • Drinking alcohol puts you at higher risk for being robbed, raped, or assaulted. Under the influence of alcohol, your judgment is impaired. You are more likely to put yourself in a risky situation you'd normally avoid.

From: Teens and Alcohol WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Collegedrinkingprevention.gov: "College Drinking: Changing the Culture."

CDC: "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

SOURCES: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Collegedrinkingprevention.gov: "College Drinking: Changing the Culture."

CDC: "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

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