The Facts About Alcohol
"Most parents aren't teaching their kids anything about alcohol,
especially not that alcohol in large quantities has many dangerous
effects," according to Henry Wechsler, director of college alcohol
studies at the Harvard School of Public Health. "Too many kids think
that as long as they don't drive, it is okay to get drunk." Children
and teens need to know and understand the basic facts about alcohol:
Alcohol is a drug. Specifically, alcohol is a depressant.
Alcohol slows body functions, coordination, and the ability to think
Alcohol affects everyone differently, and body weight and the amount
of alcohol consumed over time are the two determining factors.
Alcohol affects judgment and lowers inhibitions. Teens who are
drinking or drunk do things they would not ordinarily do. Behaviors
range from becoming upset emotionally, fighting, using other drugs,
participating in unplanned sexual activity (including unsafe sex), to
drinking and driving.
Drinking very large amounts of alcohol over a short period of time
(binge drinking) could cause sudden death from alcohol poisoning, which
stops oxygen to the brain. Brought to you by National
Young people also should know if there is a history of alcoholism in
their family. Many, many young lives would be saved the slow death of
alcoholism or the pain of recovery by knowing at an early age that alcohol
may not be something they can handle, even in small amounts, because of a
genetic risk in their family.
Drinking Among Underage Persons
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