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Five Alcohol-Related Lessons That Kids Should Know

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Five Alcohol-Related Lessons That Kids Should Know

Here are five alcohol-related lessons that kids should know:

  1. If you want to remember your prom - Don’t Drink. The hippocampus is part of the brain that stores memory. Since it is still developing in teenagers, even small amounts of alcohol can erase the best memories of the night.
  2. Drinking will change your judgment. Your best intentions can go wrong when alcohol is involved. Alcohol makes you less inhibited, which can lead to risky behaviors like unprotected sex or drunk driving. Teenagers are especially vulnerable to alcohol’s effects because the prefrontal cortex, which controls decision making, isn’t mature until your late 20s.
  3. Alcohol increases risk for fights. Studies show teenagers who drink are more prone to violence. A London study found that nearly 1 in 4 young teens who drink say they have damaged or destroyed things while drinking. Another report found that 7th graders who drank were twice as violent as their nondrinking peers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Drinking can make you vomit. Alcohol irritates the stomach and increases risk for throwing up on your fancy dress or tuxedo.
  5. Hangovers force you to cancel plans. Too much drinking at prom might make you so hung-over that you will miss other fun graduation events.

What do you think?  Does this make you think twice about drinking in high school?

 



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