5 Things Every Teen Should Know About Drinking

May 15, 2013




Peer pressure can be a scary and dangerous thing if you are a teenager. Although some of your classmates may be partying and drinking on weekends, it’s not a good idea to partake in those activities at that young age.

There are a lot of important things to know about drinking as a teenager that you will want to consider if someone asks you to drink with them.

Accidents are more likely to happen

Studies have shown that ? of drowning and ? of automobile accidents for those that are between 15-20 years old have had alcohol as a factor. That is an alarming statistic. As you can see by this statistic alone, your judgment deteriorates the more you drink. This can lead to terrible decisions being made that you may not consider to be terrible at the time.

Would you jump off of a roof and into a small pool? Even if you would when you are sober, you likely wouldn’t give it a second thought while drunk. If you think that there’s no chance that you would ever do it, then there’s a strong chance you would change your mind if you were under the influence of alcohol. These types of decisions lead to thousands of hospital visits each year, don’t become a statistic.

Legal action could be taken

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal at any age, but if you are a teenager, just having alcohol on you is illegal, period. Even if you don’t have a drink in your hand, you can be charged with a minor in possession of alcohol citation if a police officer has you submit to a breathalyzer test if you are showing signs of being intoxicated.

They are trained professionals, too. Just because you think you can act completely normal while drinking, police officers know how to spot drunken behavior. Even the way you smell or where your eyes look can be telltale signs that you have been drinking and can lead to a lot of legal fees, that, as a teenager, will be hard for you to pay off without help.

It’s more likely to lead to other drugs

If you go to a friend’s party where alcohol is involved, chances are that someone there will be doing more than just drinking. With your judgment impaired, you are much more likely to try out a new drug for the first time, which can lead to immediate health problems or addiction.

Mixing alcohol with other drugs is never a good thing. Just because you think you can handle it, doesn’t mean you will be able to. It’s better to just avoid that type of situation altogether.

Drinking can damage your future plans

It has been shown that teenagers that drink are eight times more likely to do worse in their studies. This can mean missing classes, falling behind in schoolwork or not performing well on tests or exams. With these new lowered grades, that will hurt your chance of getting your high school or college diploma and that dream job that you had been hoping for since childhood. Think about what you want to do with your life, and then realize that alcohol will make it that much harder to attain. That should get you to think twice about drinking.

Health problems can develop early

While you are a teenager, your body is still developing. You may consider yourself to be an adult, but science may have something to say about that. If you are drinking heavily while your body is still in development, that will cause even your most basic motor skills to lack noticeably. It also kills brain cells, which is another reason why those that do drink have trouble in school.

Now that you know some of the dangers of drinking, hopefully you know it’s best to just avoid it. It’s not worth turning in your future for a Saturday night party. Remember, there is still a lot of time in your life for fun, just do it the right way.

5 Things Every Teen Should Know About Drinking

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